Dolores River Boating Advocates

A nonprofit organization

We envision the river and surrounding landscape with permanent protection as part of BLM's National Conservation Lands, supporting a reliable whitewater boating season, and providing habitat for the native species in a way that balances the needs of all stakeholders.


"These guys are the center of the local boating community, Go get em DRBA!"


Dolores River Boating Advocates protects and enriches the recreational and ecological values of the Dolores River through advocacy, stewardship and education.

Background Statement

DRBA formed in late 2011 in response to concerns about the ecological and recreational values of the Lower Dolores River, which have been jeopardized by decades of low flows from McPhee Reservoir. We focused for two years on organizational development, obtaining our 501(c)(3) status, developing programs, building relationships and trust with stakeholders, and growing our participation in the Friends Grassroots Network. In 2013, we turned our focus to expanding our network to build a solid base of support for the River. In 2016 we premiered our documentary film titled, River of Sorrow: Inheriting the Dolores River, at our annual Permit Party fundraising event. We engage with local water managers and other stakeholders to find collaborative solutions for the Dolores River. We have a youth boating program and a river stewardship program. We engage in water management and long term protection discussions about the Dolores River. We advocate for both the natural environment and whitewater boating.

Organization Data


Organization name

Dolores River Boating Advocates

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Organization Size

Medium Organization


740 N Beech St.
Cortez, CO 81321


PO Box 1173
Dolores, CO 81323

Service areas

Montezuma County, CO, US



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