Upper Dolores Valley

The headwaters of the Dolores River are high in the San Juan Mountains near Lizard Head Pass. This lazy day trip follows the river upstream to the beautiful West Fork Valley, past the Dunton Hot Springs Resort. You then travel through the Meadows and tall aspens to meet Highway 145 above Rico. This day trip is especially spectacular in the fall.


The town of Dolores and the Galloping Goose Rail Car and Museum; Fishing on the Dolores River or hiking in the San Juan National Forest. The Meadows is the gateway to the Lizard Head Wilderness area with its spectacular scenery and wilderness hiking. DISTANCE FROM CORTEZ: 106 miles round trip. DAY TRIPPIN’ TIME: Allow a full day. ACCESS: High clearance car or 4-wheel drive vehicle. SERVICES: Cortez, Dolores, Rico.

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