A popular and beautiful trail traversing the base of this red sandstone canyon.”
— Janice Shepherd
Dogs must be under voice command and should be leashed during winter (Dec 1st to May 1st) when desert bighorn sheep are present. Read signs at trailhead for possible changes in policy.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dominguez Canyon Wilderness offers scenic canyons and mesas carved in sandstone, cascading streams, waterfalls, spectacular geologic features, desert bighorn sheep, Native American rock art and historic structures from early mining settlements.
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 (if you are arriving by boat). 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. In places the old trail is overgrown and may require some effort to navigate it.
This hike is "Easy" if approached from Bridgeport, and "Intermediate" if approached from the Big Dominguez Campground because of the overgrowth.
If you are lucky you may spot some desert bighorn sheep along the canyon slopes.
As cattle are sometimes being moved through this area it is important to remember to leave gates as you have found them, namely closed if it was closed and open if it was open.
Backcountry camping is permitted in parts of the canyon.