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


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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.


October 28, 2014 Update
Several weeks of dry weather have allowed most of the monument's roads to dry and are now passable. Please check weather forecasts before heading out, as these conditions will change quickly with either rain or snow.


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


Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: October 28 - Road is dry with some rutted areas. Travel is not advised on the road immediately after a rainstorm as it becomes extremely muddy and slippery..


Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Fish Hatchery: Road is clear
Jones Hole Trail: Dry. 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: October 28 - Road is dry with some rutted areas. High clearance vehicles advised.
Yampa Bench Road: October 28 - Severely rutted and some washed out in sections. Four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle recommended.
Access Roads to Yampa Bench Road and Monument Boundary: Roads are mainly dry but may be severely 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: Dry
Roads 34 & 34N: Dry

Did You Know?

Picture of lizard resting on a rock.

Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, but lizards are still a common sight at Dinosaur National Monument. The small, inquisitive reptiles have endured on Earth for more than 300 million years, far outlasting their giant cousins.