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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.


December 29, 2014 Update
Recent snowfall has covered many of the monument's roads. Higher elevations such as on the Harpers Corner Road and the Echo Park Road have received significant snowfall with more expected over the next few days. 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 gate for Josie's Ranch. Last 2 miles to Josie's is closed for the winter.
Fossil Discovery Trail: Some snow
Sound of Silence Trail: Some snow.
Desert Voices: Some snow
River Trail: Some snow
Box Canyon Trail: Some snow
Hog Canyon Trail: Some snow


Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: Road is snow covered. 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 just past turnoff for Echo Park Road. Closed portion is open for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. 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: Road is snow covered with some rutted areas. High clearance vehicles advised. This road is not maintained in winter and travel on it is not advised.
Yampa Bench Road: Snow covered and rutted. 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: Conditions unknown. This road is not maintained in winter. Travel on it is not advised.


Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
County Road 318: Some snow
Roads 34 & 34N: Some snow

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