Our Landscape


The alpine tundra, lush meadows and unique high-country aspen slopes of the upper Dolores merge perfectly with the high-desert landscape of piñon and scrubland of the lower river basin. Boasting ready access to the spectacular San Juan Mountains, a multitude of working ranches and farms, excellent wildlife habitat, and vibrant communities, the Dolores Basin is truly a one of a kind place.  This largely intact western landscape is home to incredible hunting and fishing opportunities, is vital to local agricultural and ranching interests, and is essential for downstream water supply and water quality.  Additionally,  it is home to infinite recreational opportunities ranging from rafting and kayaking on the Dolores River to hiking, cycling, horseback riding, OHV riding and even sailing and water skiing on McPhee Reservoir.   From the top of the drainage to the bottom, the Dolores Basin is a paradise that deserves to be kept the way it is.