• 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.


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


Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: Road is graded and smooth to monument boundary. Inside the monument, the road is clear with some rutted areas. Travel is not advised if the road is wet. Watch for wildlife!


Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Fish Hatchery: Road is clear
Jones Hole Trail: Very muddy in some areas. Ely Creek backcountry campsites are still closed.
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 snow and ice on curves and shady areas.
Echo Park Road: Road is snow covered in areas and extremely muddy and slippery. Travel is not advised.
Yampa Bench Road: Unknown
Access Roads to Yampa Bench Road and Monument Boundary: Roads are muddy, slippery, slushy, and rutted. Travel on these roads is strongly discouraged at this time, even for four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles. Recent snowfall occurred in this area on April1.


Deerlodge Park (Colorado)
Deerlodge Road: Open and clear to the trailhead along the Yampa River. The boat ramp loop is muddy.


Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
County Road 318: Open
Roads 34 & 34N: Open, some mud on campground loop near nature trail.

Did You Know?

Picture of mormon cricket perched on a blade of grass.

Mormon crickets are wingless grasshoppers that swarm across roads through the summer in the western United States. These flightless insects can form such large swarms that the road appears to move and change colors where they cross.