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Dolores River Rafting – Cortez, CO

Quick Details

Full-day Per Person Bradfield Field Bridge to Pump House
Full-day Per Person (with Snaggletooth) Pumphouse to Slickrock
2 Day 1 Night Per Person Bradfield to Slickrock
3 Day 2 Night Per Person Slickrock to Bedrock

Go Rafting Down the Dolores River with Multi-day options

Due to limited dam releases, access to this magnificent river is only every few years.

If you’re looking for a fun whitewater rafting trip for the family or group, you’ll love cruising down the Dolores River on our day trips or multi-day rafting options. As one of America’s best rafting runs, ranking closely behind the Grand Canyon, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Colorado’s nature and wildlife.

Start your rafting excursion with our Durango rafting guides as you float through the canyon admiring pink Navajo and red Wingate sandstone walls. Take in the natural beauty of the Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs as you witness a full spectrum of Colorado’s history in one of the Southwest’s best-kept secrets. Flow through the high country on one of our whitewater rafting trips!


  • Due to limited dam releases, this waterway is only runnable every few years.
  • Red rock walls and towering ponderosa pines surround the mighty Dolores River.
  • The Dolores is home to Snaggletooth, a class 4 (IV) Rapid
  • Scattered ancient Anasazi ruins along the way
  • Located near Durango & Telluride, Colorado
  • Great trip for all white water enthusiasts
  • Duration: 1 to 6 Days
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate 

What is included in your trip?

  • All boating equipment, life jackets, helmet, paddle.
  • All on-river meals from lunch day 1 through lunch on the last day of your trip. 
  • With notice, we can also provide a rain jacket with pants as needed.
  • Everyone will be given waterproof dry bags for personal gear. 
  • Tents and sleeping bags will be provided (bring your own sleeping bag if you have one).

What to bring:

  • Clothes for the duration of your trip. (quick-dry clothing)
  • Rain gear and warm clothes for hanging around camp.
  • Sturdy, secure footwear that can get wet.  
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen, chapstick, a bottle for water, a hat, and sunglasses
  • A set of warm, dry clothes to change into at the end of the day. 
  • If you choose to bring a camera, remember that anything you bring could get wet, lost, or broken.


  • Transportation to the put-in (check the confirmation email for details)
  • Personal clothing and other sundry items (See what to bring above)
  • Signing digital waivers before trip launches (cell service is spotty at the put-in)