Dolores River Basin

The Dolores River Basin stretches from western Colorado to New Mexico and has many wildlands, such as the treasured San Juan Mountains.

The Wilderness Society is working to protect more than 60,000 acres of wild mountains and rivers and to keep energy development out of the wildest places in the area. 

Why the Dolores River Basin

The Dolores River Basin and the San Juan Mountains are some of the wildest places in the Rocky Mountain region. It has stunning scenery, important wildlife habitat and some of the best recreation in the west. 

Work we’re doing

We work to make sure that the wild parts of the Dolores River Basin stay wild. 

Partners

Protecting the Dolores River Basin isn’t something we can do alone. We work with a coalition of local groups and communities to protect this slice of the Rocky Mountains.

 

  • In the first of a three management plans to be released in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado missed a great opportunity to protect some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes—including the Dolores River, lands surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and recreation hub

  • When school was out for the summer in the suburbs of Manhattan where I grew up, my mom packed our little Subaru hatchback with sleeping bags, a tent, a cooler filled with fruit and sandwich meat, hiking boots, rain gear, and three kids, and headed West.  Like generations before and since, w

  • The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.