Dolores River Canyons

kate_dolores (1)The Dolores River Canyons contain some of the last truly wild places in Colorado. The importance of these landscapes can’t be overstated for wildlife habitat, watershed health, and recreation opportunities. The Dolores River corridor and the lands surrounding it are home to nearly 60 rare, threatened, and endangered species, from the Gunnison Sage Grouse to Desert Bighorn Sheep. At the same time, 95% of the lands in question are still open to oil and gas leasing, despite their value for wildlife, outdoor recreation, scenic beauty, and river health.

Protecting important landscapes in the Dolores River corridor are important not only for our rivers and the habitat of the area, but for preserving wildness for future generations. These lands are largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management, so we’re working to elevate voices for conservation through every BLM planning process affecting this region. At the same time, we’re looking into long-term possibilities for protecting this fragile area.

A Trip Down Colorado’s “River of Sorrows”

“The desert is a refuge for those of us that require a sustenance that only silence and serenity can provide.” Read more about the Dolores River and the natural wonder of this area here.

Fact Sheet

Get the basics on the Tres Rios Master Leasing Plan, a planning process that affects areas surrounding the Dolores River corridor.

News and Media

Where to put 3,000 new gas wells in Southwest Colorado?

By Jonathan Romero
Durango Herald – February 10, 2016

Map of the Tres Rios Master Leasing Plan

Tres Rios Master Leasing Plan, Map