Dolores is unique in Montezuma County because it sits along the Dolores River, next to McPhee Reservoir, and at the foot of the mountains. The Dolores River is the heart and soul of this small community.
Today’s Dolores is the second version of the town. It was initially settled at Big Bend in 1877 about 1.5 miles downstream from today’s town of Dolores. When the Rio Grande Southern Railroad route was scheduled to bypass the settlement, the residents moved next to the railroad tracks. Don’t miss seeing the Galloping Goose railcar and museum; there are 5 such Goose cars in existence, and some folks dream of re-establishing the rails in the area!
The Dolores River provides a vital water supply (domestic and irrigation) and also offers recreational opportunities to area visitors; it is famous for fishing.. The many government agencies that control the water are working to enhance the recreational use of the lake. McPhee Lake is the second largest body of water in Colorado.
The San Juan/Rio Grande National Forest, at Dolores’ doorstep, offers great outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, hunting, and winter sports.
A “must see” in Dolores is the Anasazi Heritage Center, a unique federal museum, research center and curation facility, which serves as headquarters for the new Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.