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Dominguez Canyon Wilder­ness, CO

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The urge for a sum­mer-like back­pack­ing trip can strike any time of year. And when it hits in win­ter, head to Big Dominguez Canyon on Colorado’s Western Slope for a clas­sic three-day, 35-mile route that fol­lows the foot­steps of the an­cients. Bring your routefind­ing chops to the Bridge­port trail­head, cross the tressle, and head up the Big D, tak­ing ad­van­tage of sea­sonal quiet to con­tem­plate 3,000-year-old pic­tographs of desert bighorns and hunt­ing scenes from the 18th cen­tury. Win­ter brings man­age­able temps (av­er­age highs in the 50s), but the darker and more re­cessed parts of the canyon stay cold enough for pourovers to freeze. Camp in the canyon any­where after the first few miles (WAG bags re­quired) or wait for Dominguez Camp­ground at mile 12.6. Head south cross­coun­try (now in the Un­com­pah­gre National For­est) to Black Point (38.679700, -108.520800) and head down Lit­tle Dominguez Creek Trail for the fi­nal 17 miles to close the loop.

TRAIL­HEAD 38.849433, -108.372276; 24 miles south­east of Grand Junc­tion on Bridge­port Rd. PER­MIT None CON­TACT bit.do/ dominguez

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