Harpers Corner Road Closed for Winter
The Harpers Corner Road is closed for the winter at Plug Hat Picnic Area which is approximately five miles from US Highway 40. More »
Ely Creek Backcountry Campsites Closed
The Ely Creek backcountry campsites located along the Jones Hole Trail have been closed until further notice due to bear activity in the area. More »
Biological Soil Crusts
Dinosaur's arid landscapes create an austere and beautiful scenery: low-lying plants allow for vistas that seem to go on forever and sparse vegetation reveals the form and color of the rocks. Although vegetation is sparse in this region, the floor of this high desert is rich with life.
A Living Community
Biological soil crusts--also known as cryptogamic, microbiotic, cryptobiotic, and microphytic crusts--are common in arid and semi-arid areas worldwide, and can be found in many parts of the western United States.
Benefits of Biological Soil Crusts
Don't Bust the Crust!
Learn more about biological soil crusts.
Did You Know?
Most of Dinosaur National Monument's 210,000 acres is proposed wilderness. With proper planning, a backcountry trip at Dinosaur can be a wonderful experience of solitude and serenity.