Current Conditions

We will try to update this page in a timely manner, however, due to the range in elevations and soil types for our roads and trails, conditions can change rapidly in Dinosaur National Monument. The Echo Park and Island Park Roads often become impassable after a rain storm. during winter, some areas may receive heavy snow while others are clear and dry. If you are headed into the park and you have doubts about the accuracy of this information, please call the visitor center at (435) 781-7700 or email us.

 

April 16, 2015 Update
A recent late season storm brought significant snow to higher elevations in the monument and high winds. Travel is not advised on Island Park, Echo Park, or Yampa Bench roads at this time. Check weather forecasts as conditions may change rapidly.

 

Dinosaur Quarry Area (Utah)
Split Mountain Road: Open
Cub Creek Road: Open to the Josie Morris Ranch
Fossil Discovery Trail: Muddy
Sound of Silence Trail: Some mud. Lots of elk/deer trails may create some confusion on location of trail.
Desert Voices: Patchy snow in shaded areas
River Trail: Wet
Box Canyon Trail: Wet
Hog Canyon Trail: Wet

 

Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: Road is currently muddy. Washboard areas past Rainbow Park. Travel is not advised on the road immediately after a snow or rain storm as it becomes extremely muddy and slippery. This road is not maintained in winter.

 

Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Fish Hatchery: Snow and ice on road in higher elevations
Jones Hole Trail: Muddy with some snow. Ely Creek backcountry campsites are open.
Ely Creek Trail: Patchy snow and mud to waterfall. Not maintained beyond waterfall to Ruple Ranch

 

Harpers Corner/Echo Park Area (Colorado)
Harpers Corner Road: Road is open. Patchy snow and ice, especially in shaded areas. Watch for falling rocks at Plug Hat Butte. Watch for animals, especially at dusk and dawn.
Echo Park Road: Snow and mud. Travel not advised until the road dries out. This road is not maintained in winter.
Yampa Bench Road: Conditions unknown. Four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle recommended. Road is not maintained in winter and travel on it is not advised.
Access Roads to Yampa Bench Road and Monument Boundary: Conditions unknown. Expected snow and ice.
Harpers Corner Trail: Knee deep snow in many areas.

 

Deerlodge Park (Colorado)
Deerlodge Road: Patchy snow and ice. This road is not maintained in winter.

 

Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
County Road 318: Muddy, some rutted areas.
Roads 34 & 34N: Muddy, some rutted areas.

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