BLM building new trail heads in canyon country

The Bureau of Land Management has begun construction on two new trail heads in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area that will create new signage, a new toilet and designated parking areas.

One trail head for hikers and horseback riders leads into the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area, while the other creates an additional parking area for visitors to Cactus Park.

“The new parking area will accommodate additional recreation use and provide a hard spot for vehicles to park on. That will help reduce the amount of damage done to the surrounding vegetation,” said Katie Stevens, interim manager for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

There will be additional phases to the project.

One will provide access to the Tabeguache Trail and Nine Mile Hill, both of which are open to off-highway vehicles and mountain bikes.

Another will create better protection for a unique geological feature in the area known as the Gunnison Gravels Area of Critical Environmental Concern. That area contains geologic evidence that the ancestral Gunnison River once flowed through the area.


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