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Hanging Flume – Dolores River Canyon
The Dolores River is much more dramatic than East Creek, especially when the road gains altitude. Several turnouts provide views of the valley around Mile Marker 81. There are a couple of turnouts. I stopped at the first one–an unofficial parking area, which provided a nice view of the river and canyon walls. But I didn’t notice the area’s famous historic relic, Hanging Flume, until I stopped at the second, official, parking area. Hanging Flume is a 7-mile long wooden aqueduct attached to the side of the canyon. The three year project was completed in 1891, and carried water to …