Dolores River Rafting Trips

Scenic canyons and thrilling white water

When the Rocky Mountains are still full of snow, the waters of the Dolores River are already ready to raft. If you can’t hold out for summertime rafting closer to the city, head to sunny Southwestern Colorado for a springtime Dolores River rafting trip.

Dolores River white water rafting multi-day trips offer an ideal balance of exhilarating rapids and lightly rippling water. Explore relics of ancient tribes as you experience the power of the river that has brought life to this area for thousands of years. On our Dolores River rafting trips you will hike through scenic canyons, paddle down thrilling white water, and sleep underneath a canopy of stars.

One of the beauties of the Dolores River is the truly wild, remoteness of the river. This is a rare river adventure that is a true jewel. Due to the limited releases from McPhee Reservoir managed by a number of public land management agencies, the Dolore River rarely is allowed to flow at levels suitable for rafting. Contact our office to learn when the next window may exist for a Dolores River rafting trip.

Trip Details


Family Class Whitewater: Appropriate for kids ages 6 and up at most water flows. Class II and III rapids.

Crafted For

Multi Day Rafting Trips

Available For
  • Multi-Day

During high water flows (usually in June) we may recommend the minimum age is 16-18+. Strong paddling and swimming skills are required for this trip.

14-18+ Years (Suggested)

Rafting the rare Dolores River

Enjoying the sandstone cliffs

Native wildlife

The perfect place to "unplug"

Remote landscape and pristine water

What to Expect on Your Dolores River Rafting Trip

Spend your days winding through roughly 50 miles of the river. You’ll paddle through exciting class II-IV rapids every day of your trip. Enjoy uninterrupted sunlight as you pass beneath vibrant sandstone cliffs. Your guide will fill you in on the history of this pristine stretch of water that takes you from the San Juan Mountains to the Colorado River.

White water rafting is so much more than rapids. This stunning river is the perfect place to “unplug.” When you take a break from rafting the Dolores river, you’ll go on hikes to explore dinosaur print fossils and Anasazi rock art. Lunch will be served on the river bank as birds soar above you. You’ll spend each night under a sea of stars unspoiled by light pollution. Best of all, we are here to plan everything so you can save your energy for paddling down the river!

What Else You’ll Find Rafting the Dolores River

As you float underneath 1,200 foot canyon walls, you’ll see a variety of vibrant oranges and reds. The colors and shapes of these beautiful rocks change as you float down the river. We’ll run into very few other people – you will truly be surrounded by awe-inspiring nature your whole trip.

We offer 3-day, 5-day, and 6-day rafting trips. If you’re able to escape for a full week, treat yourself and your friends and family to a trip you’ll remember forever. Even if you start out as a rafting novice, by the end of your 6-day white water rafting trip you will be ready to tackle some more intense rapids…just in time for summer!

Trip details along the Dolores River

  • Minimum (suggested) age 14-18+ years
  • Great for beginners, families, and groups
  • Class I, II and III rapids
  • 3-day, 5-day, and 6-day trips
  • Departs near Cortez, Colorado

Whether you’re visiting Colorado for the first time or you’re a native, rafting the Dolores River is an experience you’ll never forget. At Echo Canyon River Expeditions, we are here to help make planning your vacation easy. We want you to experience the grandeur and fun that a multi-day rafting trip brings. Take your first step towards adventure and pristine nature by calling us today!

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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Pricing Options

Rafting Trip TypeAdult PricesChild Prices (12 and Under)
3-Day Dolores River Trip$847$847
5-Day Dolores River Trip$1270$1270
6-Day Dolores River Trip$1415$1415
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