Starting just upstream of the Dolores River Bridge in Gateway, Colorado, the lower stretch of the Dolores River offers technical rapids, stunning scenery, side-canyon hiking, and few crowds. The take-out is 32 miles downstream from the Dolores River Bridge put-in on the Colorado River at the Dewey Bridge Recreation Site.
The Lower Dolores has a very short, erratic (and often non-existent) boating season. Flows typically peak between late April and early May. Suggested minimum flows are 200 CFS for canoes, packrafts, kayaks, and inflatable kayaks; 800 CFS for rafts under 14 feet; and 1,000 CFS for rafts larger than 14 feet.
The most challenging rapid is Stateline Rapid (class IV), which begins at the Colorado-Utah border. This mile-long rock garden requires scouting and quick maneuvering at all water levels.
Please contact the Moab BLM Office with any questions regarding the Dolores River permit system, (435) 259-2100. Do not call the recreation.gov call center with questions or concerns about the Dolores River permit system.
Permits are required year-round for all private, non-commercial use of the Lower Dolores River. There is no limit on the number of permits issued. Permits will become available beginning January 1st each year.
The permit authorizes a group size of 1 to 25 to float the Lower Dolores River. A printed permit must be with you during the trip. Permits will be available to print starting 14 days from the launch date.
The Lower Dolores has a very unpredictable and short boating season. During high water years, flows generally peak between late April and early May. Learn more about current flows.
Rules and Regulations:
Infants and Small Children:
If you answer no to any of the following questions, then the Lower Dolores may not be appropriate for your child’s safety.
There is a reservation fee: There is a $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee.
You may cancel anytime. The $6.00 reservation fee is non-refundable.
You may change your permit anytime. If you choose to change your start date, you will have to cancel and reserve the desired date – reservation fee applies.
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