Monday, August 28, 2006

Dominquez Canyon

Around 20 miles to the north, just west of highway 50 and due west of Grand Mesa, sits Big Dominquez Canyon. The canyon is around 14 miles long, and 800’ deep. If you awoke in the canyon, and did not know where you were, Colorado would not be at the top of the list of guesses. It is a different world that includes mountain goats, bear, mountain lion, lizards, cactus, scrub oak trees, pine trees, aspens, waterfalls, natural arches, Petra glyphs, abandon gold mines, old grazing fences, and deteriorating stock pens. The rocks are all sandstone, and the river loves to clog filters. A couple of years ago I was filling up my water bottle by a pond, and noticed a cat print the size of my hand. It was fresh, and the hair on my neck immediately stood up. When I was there last month, it was 102 degrees Fahrenheit, and the only movement we saw was from a family of Mountain Goats and the blisters rising on my feet. September/October is the best time to hike this very special place.

3 comments:

santy said...

aah, beautiful nature.
welcome to the daily photo family, bill!

Chris said...

Great spaces....

Mimmu said...

And this is it, what I would like to see. When I was in teenage, my english teacher told us, that she has visited Colorado Canyon. These canyons are so beautiful and very interesting because of their layers of the primary rock. They are telling so much about the history of the globe.