Approximately 20 miles south of Grand Junction, you’ll find perfect canyon day hiking and backpacking opportunities. Big Dominguez Canyon offers family and dog-friendly hiking. Horses are also welcome. Exploring the area is fun all year long, especially if you don’t let a bit of snow deter you. Just be careful hiking in the summer, when temperatures can get toasty.
The canyon is located in the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness and the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, with the Big Dominguez Trail being the most popular area for hiking. Bridgeport Trailhead is a good entry point, and you can get there by driving approximately 20 miles south from Grand Junction along Highway 50.
Once you reach Bridgeport Road (look for the BLM sign), turn right and follow the gravel west for just over three miles. You’ll find the trailhead, restrooms, and parking for vehicles and horse trailers.
From the trailhead, follow the trail along the river. You can hike more than seven miles one way, so how long you hike for is up to you. Here are some important mile markers and points of interest to look out for:
The return trip to the trailhead will be a bit easier because it’s mostly downhill.
The best way to experience and explore the intense beauty and uniqueness of this canyon environment is to backpack in and spend a night or two. If you’re up for the challenge, here’s what you need to know: