Walls of wonders: Dominguez and Escalante canyons

Walls of wonders: Dominguez and Escalante canyons

History, geology tell old tales in these Colorado desert canyons
Introduced desert bighorns routinely travel between Escalante and Dominguez canyons. With only about 500 in Colorado, they are a delight to see.
The large canyon in the 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is accessible by canoe from the Gunnison River or by a metal bridge from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
An outstanding historic Ute Indian petroglyph is this bison-hunting scene with the vanquished bison spurting blood.
A large boulder with stacked stone walls created a rough shelter in Dominguez Canyon. For a cash-poor settler, it was a home. On the back of the boulder is the carved inscription: “M.A. Wooley Built This House March the 18, 1901.”
This small but dramatic petroglyph may be a depiction of the supernova that exploded in 1054 and was seen around the world. Human habitation in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area goes back 10,000 years.
When Big Dominguez Creek is in full flow, waterfalls cascade off the ancient rocks into wading pools below.
Just across the wilderness boundary is this historic cowboy corral from the 1914 Ennors homestead.
One of the last historic wooden suspension bridges in the Rocky Mountains, this bridge was moved to the Gunnison River from the Colorado River in 1935. It now provides private ranch access.
A wagon axle recycled into a gatepost is proof that hardy Western Slope pioneers used everything they could find to establish themselves on the frontier.
The large canyon in the 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is accessible by canoe from the Gunnison River or by a metal bridge from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
In early summer, collared lizards can be found doing their push-ups and mating dances.
The large canyon in the 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is accessible by canoe from the Gunnison River or by a metal bridge from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
A new metal bridge provides pedestrian access to Dominguez Canyon Wilderness from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
The large canyon in the 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is accessible by canoe from the Gunnison River or by a metal bridge from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
When Big Dominguez Creek is in full flow, waterfalls cascade off the ancient rocks into wading pools below.
Eons of time and gushing water have taken the hard rock of Uncompahgre schist and sculpted it into small wading pools perfect for summer relaxation.

Walls of wonders: Dominguez and Escalante canyons

Introduced desert bighorns routinely travel between Escalante and Dominguez canyons. With only about 500 in Colorado, they are a delight to see.
The large canyon in the 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is accessible by canoe from the Gunnison River or by a metal bridge from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
An outstanding historic Ute Indian petroglyph is this bison-hunting scene with the vanquished bison spurting blood.
A large boulder with stacked stone walls created a rough shelter in Dominguez Canyon. For a cash-poor settler, it was a home. On the back of the boulder is the carved inscription: “M.A. Wooley Built This House March the 18, 1901.”
This small but dramatic petroglyph may be a depiction of the supernova that exploded in 1054 and was seen around the world. Human habitation in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area goes back 10,000 years.
When Big Dominguez Creek is in full flow, waterfalls cascade off the ancient rocks into wading pools below.
Just across the wilderness boundary is this historic cowboy corral from the 1914 Ennors homestead.
One of the last historic wooden suspension bridges in the Rocky Mountains, this bridge was moved to the Gunnison River from the Colorado River in 1935. It now provides private ranch access.
A wagon axle recycled into a gatepost is proof that hardy Western Slope pioneers used everything they could find to establish themselves on the frontier.
The large canyon in the 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is accessible by canoe from the Gunnison River or by a metal bridge from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
In early summer, collared lizards can be found doing their push-ups and mating dances.
The large canyon in the 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is accessible by canoe from the Gunnison River or by a metal bridge from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
A new metal bridge provides pedestrian access to Dominguez Canyon Wilderness from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
The large canyon in the 66,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is accessible by canoe from the Gunnison River or by a metal bridge from the Bridgeport Road south of Grand Junction.
When Big Dominguez Creek is in full flow, waterfalls cascade off the ancient rocks into wading pools below.
Eons of time and gushing water have taken the hard rock of Uncompahgre schist and sculpted it into small wading pools perfect for summer relaxation.
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