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The Town of Dolores is a Statutory Town located in Montezuma CountyColorado, United States.[1] The town population was 885 at the 2020 United States Census.[4]

Dolores (Spanish for “sorrows” and named for the river on which it is located) is located at the mouth of the Dolores Valley and the upper reaches of McPhee Reservoir, approximately 40 miles (64 km) from the Four Corners Monument. Established as a station on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, it replaced the earlier town, Big Bend, now covered by McPhee Reservoir. McPhee Reservoir is named for a company town founded by New Mexico Lumber Company, that is now covered by the reservoir.

Dolores is located on the San Juan Skyway, one of the most stunning drives in Colorado, and it’s known for its water sports, Mountain Biking, hiking, hunting and fishing. Outside Magazine named Dolores an “adventure base camp for the whole family” for good reason. In addition to its namesake river and the reservoir, Dolores is on the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Whether it’s mountain biking and hiking or stand-up paddleboarding and fishing that call to you — or maybe snowshoeing and cross-country skiing — Dolores is where it is at. Just walk through town from Riverside Park to Rowell Park to fish the Gold Medal waters. Or take your bike to Boggy Draw, a mountain-biking and hiking trail network just a few minutes from town. If you prefer a motorized epic, head out on a guided OHV adventure or hit the highway on your motorcycle. After all your adventuring, saddle up at Dolores River Brewery for a local beer and stroll town to enjoy some riverfront meals. Make a stop at the Galloping Goose on your stroll. Dolores was established as the railhead for the no longer running Rio Grande Southern Railroad, and one of the cars — nicknamed the Galloping Goose — still lives in Dolores today. Visit it at the Railroad Museum and even get a selfie in front of the half-railcar! Before the railroads, biking trails and microbreweries, Dolores was home to Ancestral Puebloans. You can learn all about this cultural heritage at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum just outside of town — and at nearby Mesa Verde National Park. The Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum is focused on the Ancestral Pueblo culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region. It serves as the visitor center to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. The museum displays the history and methods modern archaeologists use to reveal the past and preserve artifacts and records from excavations in the Four Corners area, one of the richest archaeological regions in the United States. From the museum, take a tour of Canyons of the Ancients with expert guides from Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance.

For great eating and drinking options, try out these great restaurants.

The Depot

Loops Bistro and Coffee House

Dolores River Brewery

Whistler’s Walk Restaurant

Montezuma Mexican Restaurant

Mi Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant

Galloping Goose Rail Car

Dolores Chamber of Commerce

Dolores Public Library

Do not miss our local trail systems at Boggy Draw offering 40 miles of mouth watering singletrack. Also be sure to check out the other great spots including Phil’s World, Sand Canyon, Stoner Mesa and many more. Maps are available at the local bike shops and at the Dolores Food Market.

Kokopelli Bike and Board
130 W. Main, Cortez

Bike Race Information

Boggy area Race Course Information

Dolores Mountain Biking Video

12 hours of Mesa Verde Endurance Race

Trail Conditions and GPS files

Southwest Cycling Association of Colorado

Outdoor Pursuits

Boggy Draw area opportunities, Biking, Hiking, OHV, Camping, Hunting

McPhee Overlook Trail wins achievement award.

Outside Magazine Article on Boggy Draw Mountain Biking.