Dolores River and the Dolores Canyon in Colorado


It’s the best way to cool off and have fun at the same time.

There is nothing more zen than kayaking in Colorado, nothing more relaxing than Colorado fly-fishing.

Running next to the Gateway Canyons Resort property, with rapids ranging from Class I to Class V, the Dolores River is a perfect spot to find a peaceful patch of waterway and cast a line. Find your ideal water adventure in Colorado!

Fly fishing in Colorado

Fly Fishing

Gateway Canyons Air Tours is excited to offer helicopter access to the unique fishery Bar ZX Ranch. Bar ZX Ranch is located on the western edge of the Rocky Mountains with 25 connected lakes that are fed by springs and the cold clear run-off from nearby Ragged Mountain. Ten- pound fish are common, and over 12 species of trout and char are willing to take your fly, including tiger trout. Bar ZX is a secluded and remote backcountry fly fishing getaway experience complete with professional guides and is great for all skill levels! Breathtaking scenery and the rugged backdrop of the Raggeds Wilderness create an unforgettable day of fly fishing! This is THE place to catch a trout of a lifetime!

Your fishing excursion comes complete with a wonderful picnic prepared by the award winning chefs of Gateway Canyons Resort culinary team.

Tour Duration:

  • 1 hour 30 minute flight time
  • 3 hour AM fly fishing session
  • 1 hour picnic lunch
  • 3 hour PM fly fishing session

*Bookings are required 48 hours in advance.

To book: Toll free 888-4-A-Sky-Tour (427-5986) or locally at 970-243-4359
Or book via email:

Fishing locally is also an option. A Colorado fly fishing guide will start your day at the Adventure Center, where first-timers will learn the basics of fly casting. Once this is mastered, you will head out on a guided fly fishing trip to our local mountains, where the catches of golden and rainbow trout are always plentiful. Located on national forest land, this catch-and-release fishing pond is accessed via Jeep or Suburban across beautiful and rugged terrain.

For more information and prices, please contact concierge: 970-931-2778.

Helicopter tours of Colorado's natural beauty

Fly Fishing Information

Learn more about fly fishing at Gateway Canyons when you speak with our concierge.

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You can also learn more about the change to fish at Bar ZX Ranch from Gateway Canyons Air Tours. Discover the wondrous landscape that surrounds Gateway Canyons from a bird’s eye view. Spectacular red rock canyons, monoliths and mesas, snow capped mountains, lakes and rivers – these are the land formations of western Colorado and eastern Utah – geologically diverse in such a concentrated area!

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