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


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  • Portion of Echo Park Closed Due to Mountain Lion Activity

    The closed area includes the group campsite (other campsites remain open), river access area, the adjacent restroom, water spigot and the path following the Green River upstream to its confluence with the Yampa River. A fresh animal kill is in the area.

Cold Desert Trail

Cold Desert Trail
The Cold Desert trail winds through sagebrush near the Canyon Visitor Center.
½ mile loop.
Level of Difficulty
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
This short, level walk provides insight into the diversity of the desert shrub community found around Dinosaur National Monument.

Did You Know?

Split Mountain

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.