Dominguez Canyon Road

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, Colorado

Distance4.1mi
Elevation Gain664ft
Trailhead Elevation5,169ft
Top5,169ft
Elevation Min/Max4787/5169ft
Elevation Start/End5169/5169ft

Dominguez Canyon Road

Dominguez Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Delta County, Colorado. It is within Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 5,169 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 664 feet. This trail connects with the following: K50 Drive.

Dominguez Canyon Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is a 66,280-acre expanse located in the heart of the 210,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Both were created by an act of Congress in 2009. Here, red-rock canyons and sandstone bluffs provide breathtaking scenery and hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years.

This area contains many well-preserved cultural and historical sites from the past 10,000 years, including Newspaper Rock, the destination of this hike. This massive stone bears Ute petroglyphs depicting some of the wildlife you might catch sight of here."

"The Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is a 66,280-acre maze of incredibly picturesque canyons located in the heart of the 210,000 acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Both were created by an act of Congress in 2009.

Here, red-rock canyons and sandstone bluffs provide breathtaking scenery and hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years."

"Big Dominguez Creek sweeps through Big Dominguez Canyon and tumbles its waters in three distinctive falls. The first waterfall you’ll see, “Lower Dominguez Falls,” slides over slickrock in a wide and frothy sheet and splashes into a pool below the trail, while the second waterfall, “Middle Dominguez Falls,” pours through a scenic viewing area in a series of four horsetail leaps and cascades.

The final waterfall, Big Dominguez Falls, is tucked into the creek bed among vertical rock walls below the trail. Here, the creek drops abruptly over south-facing slabs in a fantastical sparkling horsetail spray. A plunge pool and a convenient, flat rock at the base provide a delightful, private setting, interrupted only occasionally by passersby on the trail above the falls."

"The Big Dominguez Canyon Trail wanders up a beautiful canyon cut in the side of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Desert bighorn sheep were reintroduced here in 1983 and 1985—watch rocky areas and cliff tops for them. Ancient people have traveled through the canyon for at least 1,500 years.

Keep your eyes open for (but hands off) petroglyphs pecked in boulders along the trail. Remains of an old mine straddle the trail 6 miles from the parking lot. This red sandstone canyon is part of the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, designated by Congress in March 2009."

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Trail Information

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
Nearby City
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
BLM Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO  81506, (970) 244-3000, www.blm.gov/co/st/en/nca/denca.html
Local Contacts
Triangle Mesa
Local Maps

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Oct 2018