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Monument to Open Harpers Corner Road for Season in Mid-April
Contact: Carla Beasley, 435-781-7700
Dinosaur National Monument plans to open the Harpers Corner Road and Green River and Split Mountain Campgrounds in mid-April.
“Easter weekend is early this year,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “Coupled with heavy snowfall that we have received this winter, we do not anticipate having the campgrounds and road open by Easter. Although the crew has begun working on the Harpers Corner Road, they have encountered snow drifts currently as high as 14 feet. In addition, there is still more than a foot of snow in the campgrounds.”
The Harpers Corner Road is a 32-mile road (one-way) that leads to the heart of Dinosaur National Monument’s canyon country. Several overlooks provide sweeping vistas of the Green and Yampa river canyons. Two trails along the road lead to the canyon rim, allowing a closer look at the Green River over 2000 feet below and into the ragged Split Mountain Gorge. Use caution when hiking these trails in the spring. Lingering snow and wet condition may make the trail slippery in places. A guide to the Harpers Corner Scenic Drive is available at visitor centers in Dinosaur, Colorado, and Jensen, Utah.
Did You Know?
Split Mountain, the name John Wesley Powell gave to one of the Dinosaur’s most recognizable features, is aptly named: over millions of years, the Green River has carved a canyon into the center of the mountain, splitting it in two.