Portion of Echo Park Closed Due to Mountain Lion Activity
The closed area includes the group campsite (other campsites remain open), river access area, the adjacent restroom, water spigot and the path following the Green River upstream to its confluence with the Yampa River. A fresh animal kill is in the area.
Many wildland areas found in National Park Service units such as Dinosaur are characterized as fire-adapted or fire-dependent and thus require periodic fire to maintain a healthy, resilient condition. However, in the absence of wildland fire, undesirable effects may occur.
Prior to the 1960s the National Park Service used full suppression to manage wildfire on their lands. This allowed for the accumulation of fuel loads, which increases the likelihood and severity of uncontrolled wildfire. Since then, the focus has shifted to one of mitigation and managing fire for multiple objectives by the fuels management program.
The NPS fuels management program objectives include maintaining natural processes and natural fire regimes, replicating the effects of natural fire, maintaining cultural resources, reducing hazardous fuels, managing non-native species, and preserving endangered species and habitat.
Vegetation types vary greatly at Dinosaur National Monument; from grasses and sagebrush to pinyon juniper, ponderosa pine, and cottonwood. These habitats are home to a variety of wildlife including some endangered species such as prarie dogs and perigrine falcons. The plants and animals react differently to fire and thus detailed burn plans are written for each prescribed burn to realize desired effects.
Did You Know?
Whitewater rafting is a popular way to experience the remote canyon areas at Dinosaur National Monument. You can take a licensed commercial rafting trip or you can tackle the river on your own, provided you have a permit, the correct equipment and the necessary experience.