• Split Mountain lights up with the sunrise. Jacob W Frank photo

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

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.

 

January 29, 2015 Update
Recent weeks of dry conditions and above average temperatures have melted what snow was at lower elevations. Spotty snow remains in shaded areas and north facing slopes. Higher elevations such as on the Harpers Corner Road and the Echo Park Road still have snow on the ground, though not enough for winter recreation such as snowmobiling. Please check weather forecasts before heading out, as these conditions will change quickly.

 

Dinosaur Quarry Area (Utah)
Split Mountain Road: Open
Cub Creek Road: Open to the Josie Morris Ranch. Patchy snow on road in shaded spots.
Fossil Discovery Trail: Clear
Sound of Silence Trail: Patchy snow.
Desert Voices: Patchy snow
River Trail: Patchy snow
Box Canyon Trail: Clear snow
Hog Canyon Trail: Patchy snow

 

Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: Road is extremely muddy with some patchy snow. Travel is not advised on the road immediately after a rainstorm as it becomes extremely muddy and slippery. This road is not maintained in winter and travel on it is not advised.

 

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: Snow covered to waterfall. Not maintained beyond waterfall to Ruple Ranch

 

Harpers Corner/Echo Park Area (Colorado)
Harpers Corner Road: Road is closed at Plug Hat Butte, five miles from US Highway 40 Closed portion is open for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling up to Echo Park Road turnoff when conditions permit. Snow and ice on open section. Watch for falling rocks at Plug Hat Butte. Watch for animals, especially at dusk and dawn.
Echo Park Road: Conditions unknown. This road is not maintained in winter and travel on it is not advised.
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.

 

Deerlodge Park (Colorado)
Deerlodge Road: Road is clear and dry. This road is not maintained in winter.

 

Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
County Road 318: Conditions unknown - expect mud and patchy snow
Roads 34 & 34N: Conditions unknown - expect mud and patchy snow

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