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Dolores sits in the heart of Mesa Verde County in the southwestern part of the state, about halfway between Durango and Telluride. The town is only twenty minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and is situated right where the Dolores River forms the McPhee Reservoir, which is the second largest body of water in Colorado. The town of Dolores is also along the San Juan Skyway, a state and federally designated scenic highway, that is called "America's Most Beautiful Drive." The 236-mile loop on the Skyway will take you over the spectacular San Juan Mountains and through the historic mining towns of Telluride, Ouray, Silverton and Durango. With close proximity to the mountains and the Dolores River running right through town, Dolores is filled with outdoor recreational opportunities. Just a few of the things to do include boating, fly fishing, water skiing, hiking and camping, and also exploring the thousands of miles of backroads and national forest filled with Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule Deer. Gambling is also available just a half-hour away at the Ute Mountain Casino (poker, slots, blackjack and bingo.) The town of Dolores celebrates its heritage each August with Escalante Days, an all day festival that offers arts and crafts, a parade, raft races and other special events.

Surrounding areas: Mesa Verde, Colorado (15.8 mi), Rico, Colorado (30.1 mi), Durango, Colorado (36.9 mi)

Dolores Vacation Rentals

Dolores Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn Of Cortez2321 E Main StCortez, CO9.0 mi.(970) 565-3400
Econo Lodge Cortez2020 E Main StCortez, CO9.1 mi.(970) 565-3474
Holiday Inn Express2121 E Main StCortez, CO9.1 mi.(970) 565-6000
Best Western Turquoise Inn & Suites535 E Main StCortez, CO9.5 mi.(970) 565-3778
Rodeway Inn1120 E Main StCortez, CO9.5 mi.(970) 565-3761
Cortez Super 8 Motel505 E Main StCortez, CO9.6 mi.(970) 565-8888
Travelodge440 S BroadwayCortez, CO10.3 mi.(970) 565-3755
Country West Inn40700 Hwy 160Mancos, CO14.8 mi.(970) 533-7073
Echo Basin Dude Ranch And Resort43747 County Rd MMancos, CO14.8 mi.(602) 997-7137

Dolores Weather & Climate

The extreme southwest corner of the state has a moderate, four-season climate. Weather variations occur depending on elevation. The area ranges from 14,000 foot mountain peaks to desert valley floors with alpine forests of ponderosa pines, juniper trees and aspen groves. Most of the region enjoys mild temperatures and 300 days of sunshine year-round. The region averages 71 inches of snow, but accumulations don't last long. Spring gradually warms up and showers are common. Summer temperatures seldom climb above the upper 80's and humidity levels are comfortable. Occasionally, flooding is a problem with the rivers and reservoirs being fed by melting snow in the mountains. Autumn is dry and cool, creating wonderful fall colors.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 12°F 1.71 in. -
February 45°F 18°F 1.63 in. -
March 53°F 24°F 2.16 in. -
April 61°F 29°F 1.46 in. -
May 71°F 37°F 1.40 in. -
June 83°F 45°F 0.66 in. -
July 88°F 53°F 1.43 in. -
August 85°F 52°F 1.77 in. -
September 78°F 43°F 1.64 in. -
October 66°F 32°F 2.12 in. -
November 51°F 22°F 2.03 in. -
December 42°F 14°F 1.36 in. -

Dolores Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cortez Municipal airport (CEZ) located about 13 miles southwest of Dolores in Cortez, Colorado, the Durango La Plata County airport (DRO) located approximately 46 miles southeast of Dolores in Durango, Colorado, the Telluride Regional airport (TEX) located roughly 46 miles northeast of Dolores in Telluride, Colorado, and finally the Four Corners Regional airport (FMN) located around 52 miles south of Dolores in Farmington, New Mexico.

Dolores Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Family FunlandFarmingtonNM53.9 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT94.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Conquistador Golf CourseCortezCO7.6 mi.
Ski Areas
PurgatoryDurangoCO37.0 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO49.6 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO118.6 mi.

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