Dolan Falls–A Lovely Sight

Hollie Whatley, Writer

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The beautiful waterfall, Dolan Falls Preserve, locates between Sonora and Del Rio in Val Verde County. The Preserve has around 5,000 acres with an additional 130,000 acres surrounding the river. The waterfall  flows into a river named The Devils River.

Dolan Falls Preserve denies public access to the falls, although a visitor can see the waterfall from the Devils River state natural area, which stays open for the public. The Devils River area where Dolan Falls flows explorers consider the most dangerous part of the Devils River due to its rough waters.

The Devils River flows as a tributary from the Rio Grande River. The falls has a 10 foot drop.

Unlike other waterfalls, the Dolan Falls does not accomodate visitors due to it rough terrain and specific whereabouts. Since it has few visitors, it has no pollution whatsoever, and the water stays significantly clean, remaining as one of the cleanest rivers in Texas.

A few bird species that reside around the falls includes the painted bunting and the bell’s vireo, two exquisitely beautiful birds. Different types of Plant life that flourish near the preserve include the Anacacho orchid-tree, the red yucca, and the Texas snowbell which stands as an endangered species.

To take a trip down the Devils River, visitors must obtain a $10 boating permit per person from the park. The park only allows 12 boaters on the river each day.

Common weather events around the falls include flash floods and unexpected temperatures rising or falling. The floods caused by this major water source can cause extensive damage to anything and anyone around it, and the abrupt temperature change will cause a plethora of problems for travelers trying to enjoy the falls.

Altogether, Dolan Falls Preserve remains a breathtaking view and a spectacular place to visit.

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