Dolores, Colorado

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The Town of Dolores is a Statutory Town in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The population was 857 at the 2000 census. It is one of three incorporated municipalities in the county.

Dolores (Spanish for "sorrow" and named for the river on which it is located) is located at the mouth of the Dolores Valley and the upper reaches of McPhee Reservoir, approximately 40 miles from the Four Corners Monument. Established as a station on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, it replaced the earlier town, Big Bend, now covered by McPhee Reservoir. McPhee Reservoir is named for a company town founded by New Mexico Lumber Company, that is now covered by the reservoir.



Dolores is located at 37°28′28″N 108°29′54″W / 37.47444°N 108.49833°W / 37.47444; -108.49833 (37.474540, -108.498294)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.

The town is confined to a narrow valley bottom along the Dolores River near the point where the river turns from flowing southward out of the San Juan Mountains to the north. Built-up areas outside the town limits include extensive residential, commercial, and minor-industrial areas upstream in the valley floor, on Summit Ridge to the south-southwest, and on high ground to the west, at the intersections of Colorado Highways 145 and 184.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 857 people, 372 households, and 231 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,225.2 people per square mile (472.7/km²). There were 423 housing units at an average density of 604.7/sq mi (233.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.13% White, 6.30% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 5.83% from other races, and 3.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.59% of the population.

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