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.

 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas. Large, connected wild lands reduce the isolation of animal and plant populations and allow for migration and movement that can help preserve populations of wild species and enhance genetic and ecosystem diversity. 

  • Sarah Graddy

    An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

    The results of the study indicate that the new rule—which aims to reduce waste from venting, flaring and leaks from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands—will actually increase overall production and royalties paid to support vital services in the state of New Mexico.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The measure would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protect two wilderness areas in New Mexico and address water supply and river restoration efforts in the Yakima Basin in Washington state.