Saturday June 1, 2013
in Joe Rowell Park, Dolores, Colorado
Gates open from 10 a.m. until dusk
Costumed River Parade
Live music all day on 2 stages
Food and beverage vendors
Free raft rides
The Dolores River flows through the town of Dolores and is a tributary to the Colorado River. Its headwaters start high in the San Juan Mountains, where it flows west and then bends north below town, and finally joins the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Day-trip boating and low-water tubing makes for a “fun river run” just upstream of town. A more thrilling day trip includes the legendary Stampede Hole and Ledges for kayaking and rafting, near the community of Stoner. A “nationally acclaimed” section of river flows through the Lower Dolores Canyon, which accommodates multi-day raft trips available without permit requirements. Flows below town through the Lower Dolores Canyon are controlled by McPhee Dam, the main source of water for municipal uses and irrigation in the region.
Most importantly, the River Festival draws attention to the Dolores, the challenges it faces and the importance of preserving it. Greater Dolores Action earmarks all sponsorship donations for festival funding and for river-enhancing activities such as garbage and debris removal, habitat creation and education – keeping your generous donation in the community. Your support of the Dolores River Festival shows your commitment to the preservation of one of the West’s great and scenic rivers.