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Dove Creek, Co. has splendid mountain views in all four compass directions, this sleepy town derives its name from the wild doves inhabiting local waterways. These days, abundant yields from local farms make Dove Creek better known as the one of the pinto bean capitals of the world.

The area surrounding Dove Creek is a major archaeological center. Here the Anasazi cultivated corn, squash and beans. These early residents also constructed the remarkable cliff dwellings at nearby Hovenweep, Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.

As for recreation, the Dolores River Valley and its dramatic canyons offer untouched trails and waterways for hiking, hunting, rafting and fishing. Secluded guest ranches offer guided horseback trips along picturesque canyon trails. This is the rugged Colorado of Western writer Zane Grey's books - and where he made his home. If you visit, you'll realize why. Dove Creek is where the light of the Western stars truly shines.

Map: Dove Creek

Region: Southwest Regional Information

County: Dolores

Proximity to other towns: Located 349 miles from Pueblo, 34.5 miles from Dolores, 36.5 miles from Cortez, 39.1 miles from Naturita, 40.7 miles from Towaoc

Population: 711

Elevation: 6840 feet

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