Return to Big Dominguez Canyon

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.

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Bridgeport by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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

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Bridge by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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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.

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Washout by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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

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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…

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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.

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Hands & Feet by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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High Hands Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The view up Big Dominguez Canyon.

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Big Dominguez Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another boulder with some petroglyphs nearby.

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Boulder Petroglyphs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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

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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.

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Deer Creek Boulder by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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

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Left Side by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The larger panel on the right side of the boulder.

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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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