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Missed the aspens, still pretty

If you want to see the aspens with leaves, plan to do this drive well before October 12, because... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kansas City, Missouri
Beautiful fall drive with mountains, river and fall trees

Drove the Delores river canyon road one way and round trip. Beautiful scenery with majestic... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Cheryl P
West Covina, California
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The 105-mile stretch of the Dolores River and its surrounding 26,000-acre wilderness area is popular for a variety of outdoor activities.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to see the aspens with leaves, plan to do this drive well before October 12, because over 90% of the trees were totally bare on that date. It would have been spectacular to see them. If you don't want to do the...More

Thank KCBirdLady
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Drove the Delores river canyon road one way and round trip. Beautiful scenery with majestic mountains, covered in aspens, pines and snow on the top. The aspens were in all stages of fall foliage: few green, many gold and some just branches. Gold cottonwoods along...More

Thank Cheryl P
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We changed our travel plans to include the Dolores River Canyon. We are so happy we did. Lots of great visuals and just an all around peaceful experience

Thank clarson2016
Reviewed 8 August 2017

A beautiful day trip through the mountains of Colorado. An easy drive to take. Several roadside cafes all very tasty.

Thank montezumacortez
Reviewed 4 August 2017

the drive thru delores river canyon winds thru the town of delores thru rico and on too lizard head pass and you can end up in telluride. take the roaring fork turnoff if you have time. lots of places too hike.for the adventureus climb lizard...More

1  Thank dana s
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We were looking for a scenic drive of the area and an alternative route to Telluride, than the "bucket list - no guardsrails road through Ouray"...and we found it! We followed the river and found some really neat sites....the cowboy towns of Dolorus and the...More

Thank PamU389
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Drove this leg of the San Juan Sky Way to Ouray stopping off in Ridgway and had lunch in the True Grit Cafe lots of John Wayne memorabilia

Thank Dick C
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This drive is just simply amazing. We found it for the first time last year (2016) and knew we wanted to drive it again this year. We drive from Mesa Verde NP through Mancos, Delores, and on up to Ridgeway. LIzard Head Pass and Trout...More

1  Thank Sharon K
Reviewed 28 May 2017

One of the most beautiful drive in the Four Corners. We drove from Cortez to Telluride, stopped briefly in Dolores for lunch, visited the Anasazi Cultural Museum, passed through narrow canyons and snow covered mountains. The various topography provided ample photographic opportunities for nature lovers.

Thank tamu2628
Reviewed 7 May 2017

What natural beauty. There was still plenty of snow on the mountains surrounding this canyon. Farms with newly born calf's, wild turkeys, deer, fantastic river for fishing or floating, towering mountains with waterfalls, and what was most obvious to us was the abundance of aspen...More

1  Thank Joelle B
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1 March 2017|
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Response from ColoradoJAK | Reviewed this property |
Assuming a visit to Mesa Verde as your start (a 'must see' in Colorado), you get on US 160 headed west toward Cortez, Colorado. Just east of Cortez, US 160 junctions with Colorado 145 which heads north. By the time you hit... More
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Response from Texas M | Reviewed this property |
You can try hwy 491 which used to be hwy 666 (depends on how old your map is) , its about 10 miles north of Cortez. Check your map again.. Thanks Texas..