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


    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.


September 11, 2014 Update
The monument and surrounding area continues to receive significant rainfall from monsoonal weather systems. Recent drier weather has made many unpaved roads passable again, however future rain may impact roads quicker since the ground is already saturated. Loose rock, ruts and slippery areas remain on all unpaved roads. Travel on the Yampa Bench Road is not advised at this time, even with a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle. Sections of the Yampa Bench Road are currently impassable.


Dinosaur Quarry Area (Utah)
Split Mountain Road: Open
Cub Creek Road: Open
Fossil Discovery Trail: Open
Sound of Silence Trail: Open - slight mud
Desert Voices: Open - slight mud
River Trail: Open
Box Canyon Trail: Open
Hog Canyon Trail: Open


Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: August 29 - Road is clear to McKee Springs Petroglyphs, then becomes rutted and slippery in some areas due to recent rain. Travel is not advised past McKee Springs unless driving a four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle. Travel is not advised for any vehicle if the road becomes wet. Watch for wildlife!


Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Fish Hatchery: Road is clear
Jones Hole Trail: Some muddy areas, otherwise dry and clear. Ely Creek backcountry campsites are open.
Ely Creek Trail: Trail is clear to waterfall. Not maintained beyond that point to Ruple Ranch


Harpers Corner/Echo Park Area (Colorado)
Harpers Corner Road: Open. Watch for falling rocks at Plug Hat Butte due to recent rain. Watch for animals, especially at dusk and dawn.
Echo Park Road: September 11 - Road is passable with some ruts. Travel is not advised immediately after heavy rain.
Yampa Bench Road: August 29 - Severely rutted and washed out in sections due to recent rain. Some sections are impassable. Travel is not advised even with four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle. Some sandy areas.
Access Roads to Yampa Bench Road and Monument Boundary: Roads are wet and muddy and may be rutted in places.


Deerlodge Park (Colorado)
Deerlodge Road: Open and clear to the trailhead along the Yampa River.


Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
County Road 318: Wet, muddy
Roads 34 & 34N: Wet, muddy

Did You Know?

A Fremont granary in a remote alcove in the monument.

Dinosaur National Monument contains a record of human history dating back at least 10,000 years.