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Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, Colorado
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Description: The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, named for the Franciscan priests from New Mexico who first mapped this area, encompasses 209,610 acres of BLM-managed land in western Colorado. 66,280 acres of this are protected as the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area.

Multiple campsites line the Gunnison River, and campsites near Bridgeport are close to river access and trailhead access for a hiking trail leading up Big Dominguez Creek and Little Dominguez Creek. Dominguez Campground is at the other end of the canyon, and can be reached through the Uncompahgre National Forest. The Potholes Campground is at the south end of the area, on Escalante Creek. A trailhead and a boat launch are near McCarty.



Location: Several roads come into this area from south of Grand Junction, on US 50, CO 141 and from Forest Roads in the Uncompahgre. Bridgeport Road, off US 50, accesses several campgrounds, trailheads, and a boat ramp. Most of these roads are unpaved, and variously difficult to drive. Roads in this area should be avoided in wet and snowy weather. For current conditions, contact the Grand Junction Field Office.

Address: Bureau of Land Management
Grand Junction Field Office
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO  81506
Phone: 970-244-3000

Season: year round

Fee: no

Reservations: no
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Notes: Water runs year round in Little Dominguez Creek, and most of the time in Big Dominguez Creek. All water should be purified by filtration and/or boiling.

Control your dog(s) at all times to avoid stressing the desert bighorn sheep. Rattlesnakes do inhabit this area.

click to download a brochure and map about the area. This brochure is being updated to reflect the changes in status legislated by the 2009 Public Lands Omnibus.
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