Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

Dominguez-Escalante NCA (Photo by Bob Wick)The Dominguez-Escalante NCA is home to cascading waterfalls, rugged sandstone canyons, and the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness. The area has long been known for amazing scenery in the remarkable canyon country of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

Red-rock canyons and bluffs hold geological and paleontological resources spanning 600 million years, as well as many cultural and historic sites from the past 10,000 years.

The Escalante Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Little Dominguez Creek, and Big Dominguez Creek all tumble through canyons that empty the eastern Uncompahgre Plateau to the Gunnison River, which flowers nearly 30 miles through this beautiful desert landscape. Along with impressive scenery, the area is home to a variety of wildlife.





Total Area: 209,610 acres
Elevation Range: ~4,700 to ~8,200 feet
BLM Field Office: Grand Junction and Uncompahgre
Designated: 2009 (Omnibus Public Lands Management Act)

Location: The Dominguez-Escalante NCA is located in Mesa, Delta, and Montrose counties, approximately 10 miles south of Grand Junction; 25 miles northwest of Montrose. The Dominguez Canyon Wilderness makes up 66,280 acres of this NCA.

Flora & Fauna: Vegetation consists mainly of pinyon-juniper, Douglas fir, sagebrush, cottonwood, willow, river birch, tamarisk, alder, and horsetail. Fauna includes golden eagles and various other raptors, turkeys, canyon wrens, great-horned owls, pinyon jays, gray fox, coyote, raccoon, ringtail, golden-mantled squirrel, mountain lion, black bear, desert bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, the collard lizard and various other lizards, bull snake, and rattle snake.

Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, flatwater boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though recreation is encouraged in national conservation areas, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.

Click here for additional information and maps for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA from the Grand Junction Field Office.

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Grand Junction Field Office  |  (970) 244-3000  |  2815 H Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81506

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