As of yesterday there was no barbed wire from the Dolores West Fork to town, don't know above the West Fork.
Below the West Fork:
There is a M*^%##F*&#$% suspension bridge not too far below Stapleton Bridge (a solid bridge with a County Rd sign visible from the river, right next to the highway), that can feel really low at high water (2000 cfs+). Go river right under the suspension bridge. It is visible well before you get there, but it has horizontally place metal grates to walk on and I'd hate for anyone to hit that damn thing.
Not far past that is the state fish hatchery diversion damn (aka Little Niagara) that is a fun drop. Just past that is an area we call Car Body Alley with lots of fun rusted metal waiting to get ya at low water. At current flows this should not be an issue.
The fun stuff in town is pretty well washed out due to McPhee reservoir backing upriver, but it is all good!!!
Originally Posted by mattwilliams22
I have paddled the stretch many times. Pretty much Class II-III the entire way. Nothing too big you have to worry about. Stoner Stampede (right at the Taylor Mesa turnoff) is a great play hole, though in an open canoe it will eat your lunch.
Just make sure you take your wire cutters, an occasional barbed wire fence is not uncommon.