Be sure to visit the Canyons of the Anciencts Visitor Center & Museum, a 40,000-square-foot museum chronicling the life of the Ancestral Puebloan civilization with hands-on exhibits, a video, a nature hike to Escalante Pueblo and special traveling exhibits. The center is also the Visitor Center for the nearby Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
Dolores is a recreational draw, thanks in part to the nearby boating and fishing paradise of McPhee Lake, Colorado's second largest body of water. Doc's Marina offers boat and kayak rentals. The Dolores River is a popular whitewater-rafting route that runs through town. The San Juan National Forest also provides excellent opportunities for hiking, biking and fly-fishing. The Dolores Public Lands Office can direct ATVers to the best spots, including the Aspen Loop Trail, a multipurpose 39-mile loop that travels old logging roads through streams and aspen groves. in Boggy Draw, just outside of town, is particularly popular with mountain bikers and campers.
Dolores was a major railroad town along the Rio Grande Southern route between Durango and Ridgway. Today visitors can tour an exact replica of the original train depot on Railroad Avenue, now the Galloping Goose Historical Society Museum. Visit the restored Galloping Goose narrow-gauge railcar, in operation until 1952. A sprinkling of bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and inns complete this Colorado destination.
Dolores is also a stop along the San Juan Skyway, a stunning 236-mile tour of the San Juan Mountains.
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- Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte
- Dove Creek
- Grand Junction
- Lake City
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Orchard City
- Pagosa Springs
- Vallecito Lake