Free backcountry permits are required for overnight stays outside established campgrounds. For experienced backpackers, there are many opportunities for backcountry camping at Dinosaur National Monument. The beauty and solitude are inspiring, but the terrain is isolated and rugged. It is also very difficult to find water in the backcountry. Good planning is essential. Please remember that despite its appearances, Dinosaur National Monument is home for black bears. Proper storage of food or any itmes that produce odors is required at all locations in the backcountry. Visit our bear information page for details.
There is one designated backcountry location in the park. It is at the confluence of Jones Hole Creek and Ely Creek, along the Jones Hole hiking trail. Reservations are required to use this location. Call 435-781-7700 for reservations.
AT LARGE CAMPING
A free backcountry permit is required before you venture into the monument's backcountry overnight. Water is scarce. Contact a ranger at 435-781-7700 if you need help planning your trip. Basically, you can camp anywhere provided you are:
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.