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Description - This ranger district encompasses the western portion of the San Juan National Forest. It includes the mountainous terrain between Lizard Head Pass and the towns of Cortez and Mancos. In this region seven developed campgrounds and three developed picnic areas exist. The Lizard Head Wilderness Area lies in the northeastern section of the district. The Colorado Trail forms the eastern boundary. McPhee Reservoir and the Lone Dome State Recreation and Wildlife Area lie in the southwestern portion of this district.

Recreation - Located close to Mesa Verde National Park, visitors can also drive to Telluride over Lizard Head Pass. Excellent fishing and boating can be found on the Dolores River. Kayakers will also find great runs on the Dolores. This ranger district includes a vast and beautiful area with excellent outdoor recreation opportunities.

Climate - Starting at the Utah border, this Ranger District reaches deep into the San Juan Mountains. The climate ranges from semiarid desert country to alpine tundra terrain.

Location - Located on the western half of the San Juan National Forest, it is the closest district to the Four Corners Area. The district encompasses miles of mountainous terrain with the Dolores River being the biggest water system in the region. The area lies between Lizard Head Pass, in the northeast; Durango, in the southeast; Cortez, in the south and Dove Creek, in the west.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Fires restrictions are in place for part of the District. Contact the Dolores Public Lands Office for current conditions. (970) 882-7296 Updated: 2004-07-14 12:31:00.0

Ranger Tip: Fire ban has been lifted for the San Juan National Forest. Please be very careful with campfires. Hunting season is here, so be aware of increased traffic on the forest roads.

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Contact Information:
Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Hwy 184 , Dolores, CO, 81323, Phone: 970-882-7296, Fax: 970-882-6841, TTY: 970-882-6842

Additional Information:
Cortez Area - Ten miles west of Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez makes a good home base for exploring the Park, the Mancos-Dolores Ranger District and the Dolores River. Cortez is near the San Juan River and the desert country of Utah.
Dolores Area - Various mining towns surround the area. The nearby Dolores River offers many rafting and kayaking opportunities and the area has a good access point for getting to the western part of the San Juan Mountains.
Mancos Area - Mancos is located in close proximity to Mesa Verde National Park, one of the richest archaeological areas in the United States. Cortez is the service center for this area.
San Juan National Forest - The San Juan National Forest reaches from the semiarid deserts in southwestern Colorado deep into the San Juan Mountains of south central Colorado.

San Juan Mountains Association - Nonprofit organization that provides information and education about natural and cultural resources.
San Juan National Forest - Official Forest Service website.


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