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Dominguez Canyon Wilderness

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The Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is a 66,280-acre expanse located in the heart of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, replete with sandstone canyons and pinyon-juniper—covered mesas that offer outstanding opportunities for quiet recreation and solitude. Water runs through much of Little and Big Dominguez Creeks year-round, creating ideal habitat for many birds, mammals and reptiles. Visitors can often see desert bighorn sheep grazing at the base of the sandstone cliffs.

Cultural resources such as petroglyphs and wickiups attest to the thousands of years that Native Americans used the area for hunting, shelter and as a travel corridor from the Gunnison River Valley to the Uncompahgre Plateau. Traces of the early miners and settlers who lived and worked there are also evident.

Click here for a map of the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.

    What is wilderness?
 Graphic with text of Wilderness Act: Untrammeled by Man Photgraph of claret cup cactus in full bloom

    Why is wilderness important?
 Photo of Dominguez Creek waterfallGraphic with text from Wilderness Act: An enduring resource 

The Dominguez Canyon Wilderness was created by the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, the same act that created the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. As a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness is managed in compliance with the Wilderness Act of 1964.

Click here for more information about the management of the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness.

For further information, contact the Bureau of Land Management’s Grand Junction Field Office: 

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
Bureau of Land Management
2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: (970) 244-3000
Fax: (970) 244-3083