- Various ghost towns surround the area and provide opportunities for visitors to explore the remains of the mining economy. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy the water-based activities provided by the Dolores River and McPhee Reservoir. The western border of the San Juan National Forest lies east of Dolores, which is a good access point for outdoor recreation opportunities. Route 145 leads through town making Dolores a stop on the San Juan Scenic and Historic Byway. Ancestral Pueblian cultural history abounds in the Escalante Ruins Historical Site and the Anasazi Heritage Center west of town.
Recreation - Visitors can find a variety of boating, fishing, camping, scenic driving, hiking, climbing, and backpacking opportunities in the surrounding San Juan National Forest and McPhee Reservoir.
Climate - In the summer, daytime temperatures range from 85 to 100 degrees F, dropping to 55 to 65 F at night. In the winter months, the temperatures may reach a high of 50 degrees F, but nights can be cold, dropping into the single digits. Average precipitation is about 18 inches annually.
Dolores lies in the southwestern corner of Colorado on the outskirts of the San Juan National Forest. The Dolores River flows through town on its way to McPhee Reservoir. The La Plata Mountain Range can be seen to the east.