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


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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.


March 18, 2015 Update
Dry conditions and above normal temperatures over recent weeks have melted most of the snow in lower elevations. Snow still remains in shaded areas and north-facing slopes at higher elevations. 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: Clear
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: Dry
Box Canyon Trail: Dry
Hog Canyon Trail: Dry


Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: Road is currently dry. 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 on the switch backs but road dry with ruts in other areas. Four-wheel drive recommended. 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: Road is clear. This road is not maintained in winter.


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

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