Dominguez Canyon
Dominguez Canyon
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Robert B
Plattsmouth, NE494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Amazing hike in the Desert! Be careful and make sure you are prepared. We hiked over 9 miles that day and had no luck in finding any petroglyphs and were luck we had our water filters to stop by the Gunnison river and fill our water bottles and wet our clothes. Temps were up to 117 while we were out and made it a difficult hike with no shade. The views are amazing and the trail is well marked but we did not have any luck on the art side of things. We really enjoyed the hike and really felt tiny in the canyon. Be prepared with plenty of water, filtration system, sunscreen, proper clothing and shoes. You will hike about 2 miles along the river before you cross the bridge and hike back to the trailhead. Once in the canyon we had no luck in finding water.
Written 4 August 2023
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I visited Domenguez Canyon one fine September morning during my vacation in Grand Junction. I left Grand Junction early and got to the trailhead by around 8 AM, and hiked till about noon. The access road from the highway to the Bridgeport trailhead is on dirt, but it was a scenic drive and easily managed by a passenger car. Being a weekday, there were no other cars when I parked. The trail is absolutely gorgeous, except for the initial short stretch along the rail tracks. The only drawback with the trail is that there is hardly any shade; so be prepared for this desert canyon hike if hiking on a hot day.

Walking on the bridge across the Gunnison River gives spectacular views of the river and the canyon. Birds were singing aplenty by the river. Some of the other features along the trail are petroglyphs, primitive type rock shelters (watch out for snakes), and a waterfall area. Also, I saw a bighorn sheep up on a cliff. I highly recommend Dominguez Canyon trail, it is relatively easy. The canyon views are awesome.
Written 7 June 2023
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ontheroad133
Knoxville, TN6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We hiked the Bridgeport trail which was mostly dry even though snow blanketed some of the entrance road off Route 50. Quiet and peaceful, this hike was beautiful with steep canyon walls, a bubbling stream and almost a mystical feeling as we were walking where ancient people had once walked. We met no one but a flock of wild turkeys during our 6 hour trek. If you want to get away from it all for a winter hike, this is the place. After you cross the railroad tracks, the trail is still quite a ways. Look for a bridge across the river marked "no entry" and the bridge you want is just beyond it up river. There is a wooden fence and a BLM map and sign just before the bridge.
Written 26 March 2020
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suzieFortCollins
Fort Collins859 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Both Canyons offer incredible hikes, one with Petroglyphs and the other with a historical cabin and surroundings. Both hikes are beautiful amongst towering cliffs with pictographs high up on the cliffs. Then there is the Dominguez river running thru the Big & Little Canyons, with beautiful waterfalls running over smooth craved out rocks. So much history in this canyon, it is not to be missed.
Written 12 November 2019
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WyoBo
49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We hiked the Bridgeport Trail in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area between Grand Junction and Delta, Colorado. The trail begins next to railroad tracks and then crosses the tracks after about 300 yards. After about a mile, the trail crosses the Gunnison River on a foot bridge. After about another half-mile, the trail starts up the canyon and parallels and small stream. The trail is not steep, and it's well-marked. At about the 3.5 mile mark, there's a sign from indicating to leave the archaelogical sites alone; it stands in front of the rock containing the first petroglyphs. Over the next 1/3-mile there are four or five other boulders with petroglyphs on them. Make sure you look at all sides of the rocks because there are often petroglyphs on more than one side.

We turned around after seeing those petroglyphs.

We were there on a very pleasant June Sunday afternoon, and there were quite a few hikers on the trail.

There's not much shade on the trail, so hiking on a hot day might be draining. Make sure you take plenty of water!
Written 26 June 2019
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Shelley H
Denver, CO26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We hiked Big Dominguez Canyon trail. It was a little tricky seeing the turn off of route 50 coming from Grand Junction. We missed it and it took a while to be able to turn around on the divided highway. We hiked to the petroglyph rock; about 8 miles round trip. The hike was great. We'd love to go back and explore more.
Written 7 May 2019
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Sara D
Denver, CO15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
This canyon is superb with gorgeous views of red rock and soil. The highway is 2 lane and very windy--provide plenty of time for taking it slow. The road also follows the river and there is a great resort-like place to stay in the town of Gateway. There are also places to pull off of the highway if you would like to take pictures or let the dog out. If it happens to be raining on the day you go, don't turn around! The canyon comes alive with waterfalls from the water spilling over the rock tops!
Written 6 April 2019
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Craig and Gail J
Colorado Springs, CO95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We spent a recent afternoon hiking into Dominquez Canyon wilderness area and recommend it for those visiting the Grand Junction area. It is a reasonably short drive south on US50 (make sure you don't miss the turn off). Parking is a bit limited, and the initial mile hike is along the railroad tracks next to the Gunnison River. Then the trail bends west and south and you are into the wilderness area. Lots of red rock canyons. Make sure you take your camera and lots of water!
Written 4 October 2018
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MarcinDrP
Warsaw, Poland722 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Super canyon near Grand Junction... yes, in the area you have also other interesting rocks / rock formations / canyons... so, this one may be, like... not top of the list, but still... nice one to visit!
Written 2 September 2018
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VincePCTD
Grand Junction, CO364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
This often private experience is very beautiful at sunrise or really anytime. Saddens me to have to pick up after others. PLEASE pick up after yourself.
Written 6 August 2018
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