Big Dominguez Canyon

Sunday, December 22, 2013

It has been a little while since I’d gone hiking with Marty, so we made plans to do a local hike on Sunday morning. It has been about a year since I last hiked up Big Dominguez Canyon, so I thought it would be a good time to return. I always seem to hike this trail around Christmas each year…maybe it will become a tradition? Marty had never been up this canyon and was looking forward to checking it out. The temperature was pretty cold when we started our hike from Bridgeport around 9:00am, but as the sun got higher in the sky we started shedding layers and it turned out to be a nice day for a hike.

It was a beautiful and cold morning hiking along the Gunnison River.

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Gunnison River by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Crossing the bridge over river.

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Bridge by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Beautiful views all around in Big Dominguez Canyon.

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Dominguez Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We hiked up the canyon until we reached the main petroglyphs found here. This is usually my turnaround point on a day-hike in this canyon.

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Newspaper by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Dominguez Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

As we climbed up to the base of the cliff to visit another panel of petroglyphs, this bighorn sheep appeared above us. He cautiously watched us and I snapped a few photos.

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Sheep Above by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When he finally decided to move on, I got this shot of him jumping over a gap in the rock.

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Jump by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another great view from up here.

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Dominguez View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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High Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Marty took this photo of me up by the high panel.

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Randy by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Some nice clouds moved in as we started hiking back down the canyon.

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Cliff & Clouds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Looking down the icy Gunnison River towards the pedestrian bridge.

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Gunnison Ice by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This train carrying coal passed us as we neared Bridgeport.

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Train by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Hiking back to the trailhead along the railroad tracks.

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Tracks by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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