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

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

Cold Desert Trail

Cold Desert Trail
The Cold Desert trail winds through sagebrush near the Canyon Visitor Center.
NPS
 
Length
½ mile loop.
Level of Difficulty
Easy
Trailhead Location
Located at the Canyon Visitor Center
Your Safety
Be prepared for desert hiking: Take a hat, sunscreen, and water. There is no shade on this trail.
Let someone know where you are going and when you are due back
Wear comfortable shoes, such as hiking boots or athletic shoes
Watch for cactus
Trail Brochure
Available at the monument visitor centers
Rules and Regulations
Pets are allowed on this trail but must be on a leash. Pet excrement must be collected and disposed of properly.
Carry out all trash
Collecting artifacts, fossils, plants, or other objects is prohibited
Do not feed or approach wildlife
Description
This short, level walk provides insight into the diversity of the desert shrub community found around Dinosaur National Monument.

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.