The Town of Dolores is a great place to live whether you are coming to find a quiet place to retire or looking for a safe place to raise your family. There are approximately 30 acres of parks and open space that includes ball fields, play grounds, trails and fishing access. Not to mention the endless amount of public lands a few minutes from home.
Be Bear Aware
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife website provides excellent advice on living in bear country.
Also, be sure to refer to the Bear Resistant Container Ordinance.
As of May 26, 2022, the Dolores Green Waste site is open for citizens on the last Thursday of the month from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Note that your yard waste and tree trimmings will be inspected at the gate, so ensure your cargo does not include the following:
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If you are just moving or thinking of relocating there are some things you should know. The Town operates the water and sewer services so you will need to stop by Town Hall to get those services changed to your name. We are located at 420 Central Avenue or give us a call (970) 882-7720.
To apply for the Elderly Low-Income utility (water/sewer) discount program, please call 970-882-7720.
Contact for other utilities and services:
Empire Electric will provide your electric service
Century Link phone and internet
Spectrum Broadband cable TV and phone
Zumacom high speed wireless
Waste Management Trash service
Countryside Disposal 970-565-8180 Trash service
Atmos Energy Natural gas
Building code (2006 IBC) requires an approved building permit prior to any construction.
We also adhere to the Flood Damage Prevention Regulations.
The Dolores Land Use code guides and regulates growth and development in the Town. Dolores Land Use Code
Please call Town Hall 970-882-7720 to speak to the Building Official and assistance with application processes.
When is a permit required? this can help you determine if your improvement requires a permit.
Refer to the 2022 Water Quality Report for information regarding possible contaminants the Town of Dolores tests the water supply for throughout the year.
Schools and Daycare
Dolores RE4a Public school system includes toddler and preschool through twelfth grades.
Dolores Public library sits on the edge of the Dolores River
Don't Forget, This is Snow Country
It is also important to remember that you are moving to the mountains, which means it's snow country, so do not forget your shovel. The town plows roads but does not plow driveways nor removes berms resulting from its plowing efforts.
Please be sure to review the following applicable policies