Dolores River

Streamflow Hydrology Weather


Dolores River Levels

June 16 2024

4,334 ACRE-FT

Discharge Volume Today
-185.0 cfs (-7.81%) since yesterday
47.52% of normal Very Low

Total streamflow across the Dolores River was last observed at 2,185 cfs, and is expected to yield approximately 4,334 acre-ft of water today; about 48% of normal. River levels are low and may signify a drought. Average streamflow for this time of year is 4,598 cfs, with recent peaks last observed on 2023-05-19 when daily discharge volume was observed at 33,680 cfs.

Maximum discharge along the river is currently at the Dolores River Near Gateway reporting a streamflow rate of 801 cfs. However, the streamgauge with the highest stage along the river is the Dolores River Near Cisco with a gauge stage of 8.51 ft. This river is monitored from 7 different streamgauging stations along the Dolores River, the highest being situated at an altitude of 8,421 ft, the Dolores River Below Rico.

Last Updated 2024-06-16
Streamflow 2,185.0 cfs
Percent of Normal 47.52%
Maximum 33,680.0 cfs
2023-05-19

About the dolores river


The Dolores River is a tributary of the Colorado River, located in southwestern Colorado, United States. The river is approximately 250 miles long and has a drainage area of about 4,000 square miles. The river was historically used by the Ancestral Puebloans and later by Spanish explorers. The Dolores River has several reservoirs and dams, including the McPhee Dam and Reservoir which provides water for agricultural use in the area. The river also has significant recreational use, including rafting and fishing. The Dolores River is known for its scenic beauty and is an important habitat for wildlife, including several species of fish and birds. The river has faced environmental threats from oil and gas development, along with drought and climate change.

Streamgauge Streamflow Gauge Stage 24hr Change (%) % Normal Minimum (cfs) Maximum (cfs) Air Temp Elevation
Dolores River Below Rico
USGS 09165000
239 cfs 2.62 ft -13.41
Dolores River At Dolores
USGS 09166500
371 cfs 3.46 ft -21.23
Dolores River Near Slick Rock
USGS 09168730
41 cfs 3.9 ft 3.83
Dolores River At Bedrock
USGS 09169500
33 cfs 1.19 ft -12.33
Dolores River Near Bedrock
USGS 09171100
31 cfs 2.6 ft -7.83
Dolores River Near Gateway
USGS 09179450
801 cfs 8.49 ft -4.3
Dolores River Near Cisco
USGS 09180000
774 cfs 8.51 ft -1.53

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Dolores River Maximum Total Discharge

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Dolores River Year Over Year Discharge


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