Return to Big Dominguez Canyon


Jan 17, 2012
Sunday, November 27, 2011

After spending the last two days exploring Utah, I decided to stay close to home on Sunday. I have wanted to revisit the petroglyph panels in Big Dominguez Canyon, so I headed over to Bridgeport in the morning and started hiking. I had a later start than usual and was surprised to find that no one else was parked at the trailhead when I arrived.

Shortly after leaving the trailhead and following the railroad tracks, I reached the bridge over the Gunnison River.

Bridgeport by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I took a few photos of the shadows created by the bridge as I crossed.

Bridge by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Bridge Shadows by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Just over the bridge I came across the section of the trail that was almost washed out during the spring runoff this year.

Washout by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This large boulder had a small wall built to enclose the overhang. It's most likely historic.

Boulder Structure by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Soon I reached the petroglyph panels in the canyon. I'm not sure what the large figure is in this panel, but it reminds me of an armadillo...

Armadillo Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I scrambled up the loose and steep talus slope to reach this interesting panel carved into the canyon wall.

Hands & Feet by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

High Hands Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The view up Big Dominguez Canyon.

Big Dominguez Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another boulder with some petroglyphs nearby.

Boulder Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This busy panel is right along the trail and pretty hard to miss.

Trailside Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

After hiking back to the Jeep and I made a quick stop at the Deer Creek Petroglyphs before driving back home. This is the large boulder that the petroglyphs are found on. There are a few historic ruins built here, too.

Deer Creek Boulder by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the faded petroglyphs on the left side of the boulder.

Left Side by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The larger panel on the right side of the boulder.

Right Side by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Hiking up Big Dominguez Canyon was a great way to spend a few hours on a Sunday morning to finish off an awesome weekend. I had the place to myself and didn't run into anyone else until I was hiking back to the Jeep on my way out of the canyon.

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