The Dolores River is the heart and soul of this small community. It provides a vital water supply and also offers many recreational opportunities to area visitors. The valley's first settlement in 1877 was at Big Bend, about 1.5 miles downstream from today's town of Dolores. Big Bend was abandoned when the Rio Grande Southern Railroad route was scheduled to bypass the settlement, and residents moved next to the tracks at Dolores' present town site. The Galloping Goose railcar and museum stands only feet from the spot where the railroad once ran.
Points of Interest: McPhee Lake, San Juan/Rio Grande National Forest, Dolores River, Anasazi Heritage Center, San Juan Skyway, Galloping Goose Museum.
Annual Events: Raft Day in June, Escalante Day in August and Christmas in Dolores during December.
Hotel & Motel Rooms: 40 units in 2 properties