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Beginning in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, the Dolores River runs north for more than 150 mi before joining the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. This is one of those rivers that tend to flow madly in spring and diminish considerably by midsummer, and for that reason rafting trips are usually run between April and June. Sandstone canyons, Ancestral Puebloan ruins, and the spring bloom of wildflowers and cacti are trip highlights. The current's strength depends mostly on how much water is released from McPhee Reservoir, but for the most part this trip is a float interrupted by rapids that—depending on the flow level—can rate a Class IV.
Dvorak Expeditions. This outfitter offers rafting trips on the Dolores River that cover Class II to Class IV rapids and last up to 10 days. Or you can book a "Build-Your-Own-Adventure" trip that pairs rafting with other adventurous options, including ziplining, mountain biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. 17921 U.S. Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO, 81236. 719/539–6851 or 800/824–3795. www.dvorakexpeditions.com.
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