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 »
Numerous Campsites Closed in the Green River Campground
A recent tree assessment of the Green River Campground identified potential safety issues with numerous cottonwood trees, requiring us to close many of the campsites. Please plan ahead so that you are not disappointed if the campground is full. More »
Dinosaur National Monument Reduces Fire Restrictions
Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7702
Contact: Joe Flores, (970) 374-3014
Dinosaur, CO - Superintendent Mary Risser announced today that fire restrictions within Dinosaur National Monument will be reduced from Stage II to Stage I as of Friday, August 31. The cooler weather and increased moisture have lessened the fire danger somewhat, but not to the point that all restrictions can be lifted.
To protect visitors and park staff in Dinosaur National Monument and the natural and cultural resources, open fire restrictions remain in place. Building or using any open fire, campfire, or charcoal fire except within National Park Service-provided fire grates at developed campgrounds located at Green River, Split Mountain, Rainbow Park, Echo Park, Gates of Lodore and Deerlodge Park is prohibited. Charcoal fires or the use of charcoal in grills along the Harpers Corner Road and at Plug Hat Butte Picnic Area are still prohibited at this time due to the dry and windy conditions in this area. Stoves that use pressurized gas or liquid fuel are permitted. All backcountry camp fires are prohibited, including along the Green and Yampa Rivers. This includes building any type of fire in a fire pan.
Smoking is permitted only in enclosed vehicles, developed recreation site, or in areas cleared of all flammable material. Fireworks are strictly prohibited in Dinosaur National Monument. These restrictions will remain in effect until such time as the fire danger in the park becomes less severe. These restrictions are dependent upon extended fire weather and conditions and will be evaluated daily. At this time, there are no fires reported within the park.
If necessary, National Park Service Rangers will issue citations to persons violating the terms of this closure under authority of Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 1.5(f). The park asks for everyone's continued cooperation during this high fire danger period to decrease the potential for a catastrophic fire in Dinosaur National Monument.
Did You Know?
Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, but lizards are still a common sight at Dinosaur National Monument. The small, inquisitive reptiles have endured on Earth for more than 300 million years, far outlasting their giant cousins.