Dinosaur National Monument Announces Winter Closure of the Harpers Corner Road
Contact: Carla Beasley, (435) 781-7700
Superintendent Mary Risser announced that deep snows forced today’s closure of Dinosaur National Monument’s Harpers Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado, on US 40 and runs 31 miles north into the monument. The first five miles of the road up to Plug Hat Butte will remain open and plowed throughout the winter to allow public access to the Plug Hat parking area for snowmobile and cross-country ski enthusiasts. The road closure entails locking two gates on the Harpers Corner Road above and below Moffat County Road 16 and the gate at Plug Hat Butte Picnic Area.
Cross-country skiing and snowmobile use are allowed on the closed portion of the road beyond Plug Hat Butte. Snowmobiles are not allowed off the road surface and may not go past the Echo Park Road turn-off 21 miles north of Highway 40.
The Split Mountain campground on the Utah side of the Monument will remain open for the entire winter. The campgrounds at Rainbow Park, Deerlodge, and Echo Park remain open, but snowfall may prevent access to those campgrounds as the winter season progresses. Campgrounds have vault toilets but no running water. No fees are charged at these campgrounds during the winter season.
Did You Know?
Do you know the difference between a petroglyph (pictured here) and a pictograph? Petroglyphs are images pecked into rock while pictographs are painted images. Dinosaur National Monument preserves both forms of Native American rock art.