sidebar menu icon


DOLAN FALLS. Dolan Falls is on the Devils River near its juncture with Dolan Creek in east central Val Verde County (at 29°53' N, 101°00' W). The falls are fed by a series of springs, mainly Dolan and Finegan. When the springs have strong flows, the falls are active. In droughts the falls fail. The surrounding flat terrain consists of massive limestone surfaced by dark, calcareous, stony clays and clay loams support water-tolerant conifers and oaks, junipers, grasses, and mesquites. The falls and Dolan Creek were named for Capt. Pat Dolan of the Texas Rangersqv. In 1873 an Indian fight occurred near the falls. The area around the falls and the springs was used by prehistoric people who left pictographs, mortar holes, middens, stone projectile points, and tools. Early travelers and explorers reported abundant grasses growing along the Devils River, but now overgrazing has destroyed the natural layer of organic mulch that covered the soils in the recharge areas. The bare ground allows rainwater to run off, rather than to recharge the springs. Decreased flow from the springs directly affects the activity of Dolan Falls.

Gunnar Brune, Springs of Texas, Vol. 1 (Fort Worth: Branch-Smith, 1981).

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, "Dolan Falls," accessed October 21, 2017,

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.