• Camarasus skull in the cliff face, rafters on the Green River, McKee Springs petroglyphs

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

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Bicycling

Bicycling is allowed on any road within Dinosaur National Monument, but is not allowed on any trail. Paved roads within the monument are narrow, and often have no shoulders. Bicyclists should take proper measures to stay safe, such as riding single-file, wearing bright and/or reflective clothing, and being aware of your surroundings. Be advised that there are no bicycle racks within the monument. You are responsible for securing your belongings.

Also, remember to fuel yourself for the season. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are cold and dry. Drink water regularly, before you get thirsty.

Where to bicycle

Rainbow Park to Island Park – views of the Green River and colorful geologic features – an area map is available by contacting the visitor center.

Yampa Bench Road – Ride along the Yampa River, with changing views of the river and its canyons. Many side canyon hikes await your exploration.

Cub Creek Road – See Tour of the Tilted Rocks Scenic Drive

Many dirt roads on BLM land adjacent to the monument are also suitable for bicycling. Contact the Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office for more information.

Did You Know?

Photo of paleontologist Earl Douglass.

Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.