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

    Dinosaur

    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 29, 2014 Update
The monument and surrounding area continues received significant rainfall over the past several days with some areas still saturated from monsoonal weather systems earlier in the month. Loose rock, ruts and slippery areas remain on all unpaved roads. Travel on the Island Park, Echo Park, and Yampa Bench Roads is not advised at this time, even with a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle. Drier weather is predicted starting on October 2, but it may take several days for roads to dry out.

 

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: September 29 - Road is extremely muddy and slippery due to recent rains. Several of the small dry washes that crossed the road had water flowing in them on Sunday. Travel is not advised on the road even with a high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle. The road will take several days to dry out once the weather clears.

 

Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Fish Hatchery: Road is clear
Jones Hole Trail: Some muddy areas. 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 29 - Travel is not advised at this time even with a high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle due to muddy and slick conditions.
Yampa Bench Road: September 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.
Access Roads to Yampa Bench Road and Monument Boundary: Roads are wet and muddy and 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: 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.