Dolores is a friendly southwestern town, with a nice downtown and a rich history. Due to it’s ideal location around a number of recreation areas, the town receives a steady stream of travelers throughout the year.
There are a few places to eat in town including Dolores River Brewery, which has patio seating available.
McPhee Recreation Area – At roughly 4,500 surface acres and over 50 miles of shoreline, McPhee Lake is the 2nd largest (artificial) lake in the state. Camping, fishing and boating are big. It’s named for McPhee, CO, an old company town (NM Lumber) that’s now submerged under the lake.
- McPhee Campground has 76 campsites, over 2 loops, 500 feet above the reservoir. They are open year round, but no services (water, electric, trash, rest rooms).
- Dolores River runs through town and empties into the McPhee Reservoir. Shore and boat fishing can be found at McPhee Lake.
Things to do near Dolores
- Canyons of the Ancients (3mi)
- Hovenweep (45mi)
- McPhee Reservoir (8mi)
- Mesa Verde (39mi)
- San Juan National Forest
- Yucca House (22mi)
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