Rockfall northeast of Dolores rattles neighborhood

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Rockfall northeast of Dolores rattles neighborhood

Area will be reinspected for hazards
This 8.5 million-pound boulder fell from a cliff band above Colorado Highway 145 northeast of Dolores on May 24. Gov. Jared Polis announced it will be named Memorial Rock because it came down at the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend.
Local resident Jim Ellson witnessed the massive rockfall that occurred on Colorado Highway 145 while fishing at a nearby pond with his son.
This separated portion of a cliff face in the Dolores Valley northeast of Dolores broke off into two massive boulders May 24. The boulders tumbled down the valley side, and took out a portion of Colorado Highway 145.
Traffic on Colorado Highway 145 at mile marker 21 is restricted to one-lane alternating travel because of a massive rockfall.
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An 8.5 million-pound boulder fell from a cliff band May 24 and came to rest on the side of Colorado Highway 145. That’s about the weight of 1 million gallons of water, or about 3 acre-feet. Another way to think about it: It’s about the weight of 650 African bush elephants.

Rockfall northeast of Dolores rattles neighborhood

This 8.5 million-pound boulder fell from a cliff band above Colorado Highway 145 northeast of Dolores on May 24. Gov. Jared Polis announced it will be named Memorial Rock because it came down at the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend.
Local resident Jim Ellson witnessed the massive rockfall that occurred on Colorado Highway 145 while fishing at a nearby pond with his son.
This separated portion of a cliff face in the Dolores Valley northeast of Dolores broke off into two massive boulders May 24. The boulders tumbled down the valley side, and took out a portion of Colorado Highway 145.
Traffic on Colorado Highway 145 at mile marker 21 is restricted to one-lane alternating travel because of a massive rockfall.

Rockfall northeast of Dolores rattles neighborhood

Historic evidence exists of at least one other large boulder falling from the cliffs above Colorado Highway 145 between Dolores and the West Fork confluence. This boulder is 4 miles south of the two boulders that hit the highway on May 24.
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