Big Dominguez Canyon

EASY 15 reviews

Big Dominguez Canyon is a 12.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gateway, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

historic site

1 month ago

Yes! Yes! Yes! Love Utah, but also love this place! Huge and beautiful canyons. It’s surprising to find landscapes such as this in CO. Such an amazing hike. Beautiful canyon that echos the sounds of time. It can seem crowded, but hike past the newspaper rock and you won’t see many people. When you get to the main rock art look right to see some petroglyphs that are not vandalized. There harder to find but more beautiful because inconsiderate vandals can’t get there. The canyon is more spectacular then the rock art. It’s huge and inspirational. There is no doubt why folks chose to etch their spirits into the rock. Great place, and great energy. Definitely do this hike. You’ll be happy
You did ;).

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike!!! first little waterfall is perfect place to stop have a snack and cool off

trail running
9 months ago

Only struggle is the heat midday, but that's what the waterfalls are for! You can hike down to the second waterfall, too. Make sure and try it.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked out to the first petroglyphs. Which was about 3.5mi. it's a super easy hike, trail is obvious, not much elevation gain. Good views of the river, and canyon. Overall fun, enjoyable hike.

9 months ago

We hiked in the 100F weather but swam in 2 waterfall and its totally worth it! The main waterfall is a bit difficult to find but you'll see a rock that's cut in half and then start hiking to the left towards the black canyons

Monday, July 20, 2015

saw 5 snakes, 8 desert big horn among other wildlife.
not alot of ppl easy trail like walking on a gravel parking lot.
great first trail, watch for snakes.

hiking
Thursday, March 05, 2015

NICE HIKE. HIKED IN TO THE ROCK WITH ALL THE PETROGLYPHS. THERE ARE SOME WILD ONES ON THE ROCK. NOTICED RAFTERS CAMPGROUND WHERE TRAIL TURNS UP THE CANYON. THE CANYON IS REALLY COOL. VENTURE OVER TO THE WATERFALL AND ALSO DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FALL , BOTH ANGLES ARE COOL VIEWS. MILD AND LEVEL TRAIL. FOR ME THE TRAIL WAS BEST FROM THE BRIDGE INTO THE CANYON. THE WALK FROM PARKING TO THE BRIDGE WAS SO SO, BUT OVERALL A GREAT TRAIL.

hiking
Friday, March 21, 2014

Great trail! Not to well known. Just watch out for rattle snakes!

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camping
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hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

hiking
Thursday, May 22, 2014