Enjoy the crackling of a campfire and sleep under the stars in Dinosaur National Monument. With six different campgrounds located around the monument and approximately 120 total sites to choose from, options are plentiful. Three campgrounds are located on the Utah side of the monument and the other three are on the Colorado side of the monument.
Green River Campground
The Green River Campground is located four miles east of the Quarry Visitor Center on the Cub Creek road.
Green River Campground has sites suitable for tents or RVs. Each site has a picnic table and firepit. Drinking water and plumbed toilets are available in summer. There are no showers or electrical hook-ups for RVs. RV parks outside the park provide electric hookups. Firewood is available for sale. Generally, the campground does not fill up, except sometimes on major holiday weekends such as Memorial Day and July 4th.
When the Green River Campground is closed, the nearby Split Mountain Campground is open for general camping. There is no water in the off-season at Split Mountain.
Split Mountain Campground
Rainbow Park Campground
Rainbow Park Campground is approximately 28 miles from the Quarry Visitor Center. It is located on a dirt road that is impassable when wet. The campground is on the Green River near the boat ramp at the head of Split Mountain Canyon.
Rainbow Park Campground has three shady sites with limited facilities. There is no running water. It has a vault toilet. There are tables and firepits. Suitable for tent camping only.
Rainbow Park Campground is open year-round, but there is no winter maintenance on the dirt road leading to the campground.
Echo Park Campground
Echo Park Campground is located 38 miles north of the Canyon Visitor Center. It is located near where the Yampa River meets the Green River. Access to the campground requires high-clearance vehicles. RVs and trailers are strongly discouraged due to sharp turns, steep grades, and rough roads.
Echo Park Campground has 22 sites, including one handicapped-accessible site and four walk-in sites. A few sites have shade. Suitable for tent camping. There is running water and vault toilets. No showers. Check with a ranger for current fire-use policy. The campground rarely fills. The water is turned off from mid-September to late-May and there is camping fees are not collected during that time.
There is one group site. Reservations are accepted for the group site for dates from May 30 through September 1. First come, first served other times of the year. Download, fill out, and return the group reservation form (Adobe pdf) or call (435) 781-7759 to have a reservation form mailed to you for group site reservations.
Echo Park Campground is open year-round, but access is dependent on weather. The last 13 miles of dirt road are impassable when wet. Winter access is often impossible due to snow.
Gates of Lodore Campground
Gates of Lodore Campground is located 106 miles north of the Canyon Visitor Center. It is located on the Green River at the boat ramp at the head of Lodore Canyon.
There are 17 sites, some with shade. The sites have tables and firepits. There is running water and vault toilets, but no showers. The campground handles tents and RVs (but there are no hook-ups). Camping fee is $8 per site, per night. The water is turned off from mid-September to mid-April, and there is no camping fee at that time.
Gates of Lodore Campground is open year-round, but winter access can be difficult due to snow.
Deerlodge Park Campground
Deerlodge Park Campground is located 53 miles east of the Canyon Visitor Center. It is located on the Yampa River at the boat ramp at the head of Yampa Canyon.
It has seven shady sites suitable for tents. The sites have tables and firepits. There is running water and vault toilets, but no showers. The water is turned off from October to mid-April, and there is no camping fee when the water is turned off.
Deerlodge Campground is open year-round, but winter access can be very difficult due to snow. When the Yampa River exceeds 18,000 cfs, the campground will flood. This is typically during the late spring runoff.
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.