Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area
The Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area encompasses 30,119 acres of BLM land in Montrose and San Miguel counties, approximately 28 miles north of Dove Creek and 2 miles south of Colorado Highway 90.
This wilderness study area boasts deep canyon walls with stunning views of the Dolores River that lies far below. The area has a rich geological history that has created massive walls, sheer cliffs and rock ledges carved through the sedimentary strata over 160-300 million years ago. The canyon is referred to as “Slick Rock Canyon” due to the deep cut terrain where the Dolores River winds past cultural sites, boulder pools, side canyons and wildlife.
This remote and primitive area provides outdoor enthusiasts with a wide variety of non-motorized recreational opportunities including white water rafting, rock climbing, hiking, photography and backpacking.
Unique and diverse Southwestern vegetation is abundant in this WSA as visitors can find pinyon-juniper, spineless hedgehog cactus, sagebrush, Mormon tea, cottonwood, aspen and ponderosa pine. This diverse landscape provides habitat for bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lions, raptors, waterfowl, coyotes, and a variety of lizards.
SJMA urges visitors to help preserve the wilderness character of the area by utilizing Leave No Trace practices and respecting non-motorized use rules.
For more information, call SJMA’s visitor information team at (970) 247-4874.