Dominguez Trail

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From Divide Road the trail descends for 3.8 miles and then parallels Dominguez Creek. The trail crosses the creek at mile 84.8. For 2.2 miles the trail winds across rolling meadows covered with sage and wildflowers. The trail goes steadily uphill until the top of the ridge is reached and the LaSal Mountains come into view to the southwest. Bear left at the two intersections at mile 87 and 88. There is a good view of the Bookcliffs above Grand Junction at mile 88.6. At the top of this ridge at mile 91, the Winter Camp Road branches off to the right. Numerous side roads branch off to the right from this point but the rider should bear left in this whole section. The trail is downhill for much of this stretch, leveling off briefly for a view of Dominguez Canyon just prior to a steep descent to the campground along Dominguez Creek at mile 94.5.

The Big Dominguez Trail accesses some of the most popular areas of the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, including waterfalls and rock art. The most common access is from the Bridgeport Trailhead or from the Gunnison River at the mouth of Big Dominguez Canyon. The upper end of Big Dominguez Canyon can be accessed on a primitive trail from a small trailhead near the Big Dominguez Campground. There is no maintained trail from this trailhead through the canyon to the Gunnison River. Adventurous travelers can make a large loop using Big and Little Dominguez Canyons. This trip can take several days to a week, depending on how much exploring you plan to do. CAUTION: Crossing between Little Dominguez Creek and Big Dominguez Creek requires advanced routefinding skills, as there is no defined trail. This route is not recommended for novice hikers. Visitors can also reach the Wilderness on the south end, via Escalante Canyon.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 13.8 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 384132N
  • Compass Longitude: 1083621W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.6922073
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.6059273
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,510
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,235

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