When traveling US Highway 491, turn east on CR J, just south of Dove Creek. Stay left on Road J at a “Y” in the road (at about 2.4 miles from highway). Two miles from the “Y”, stay straight on Road J as it becomes a dirt road. Turn north (left) off of Road J after 2 Ð… mils on the dirt road (there is a small reservoir/stock pond here, and the Montezuma County Road Map shows this as Road 15). The overlook is at the end of this 3 Ð… mile road.
CLIMBING, HIKING, PICNICKING
The Dolores River Overlook has 6 individual walk-in camp/picnic sites, as well as one walk-in group site (3 tables and rings). There is a vault restroom at the parking area and no other camping facilities. The views of the Dolores River Canyon from this Ponderosa Pine dominated site are amazing. A short walk to down the overlook trail (includes rock steps) to the end of the ridge is well worth the effort!
There is no fee at this site, and camping is on a first come, first served basis. The main use of this recreation site is for day use, though it is well suited to tent camping. While never busy, hunting season is when this site is visited most often. For more information, please contact the Tres Rios Field Office.