Today in the Summer Bucket List series, we travel to the Dominquez Canyon Wilderness in Colorado.
The 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is located in the heart of the BLM’s Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area in Colorado’s Delta, Mesa and Montrose Counties. The Wilderness has spectacular scenery, with sandstone canyons and pinyon-juniper—covered mesas that offer outstanding opportunities for activities such as hiking, backpacking, camping, bird watching and horseback riding. The Gunnison River runs along the eastern border and water cascades through two creeks, creating several beautiful waterfalls and ideal habitat for wildlife. Visitors can often see desert bighorn sheep walking on the sandstone cliffs.
Cultural resources such as petroglyphs and wickiups attest to the thousands of years that Native Americans used the area for hunting, shelter and as a travel corridor from the Gunnison River Valley to the Uncompahgre Plateau. Traces of the early miners and settlers who lived and worked there are also evident.
Visitors can reach Big Dominguez Trail in the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness by means of Bridgeport Road off Highway 50 in Delta County, Colorado. For information about other access points and a map of the conservation area, visit the Dominguez-Escalante website at http://blm.gov/97kd.