Harpers Corner Road Closed for Winter
The Harpers Corner Road is closed for the winter at Plug Hat Picnic Area which is approximately five miles from US Highway 40. The road is tentatively scheduled to open on March 31. More »
Ely Creek Backcountry Campsites Closed
The Ely Creek backcountry campsites located along the Jones Hole Trail have been closed until further notice due to bear activity in the area. More »
Places to Go: Echo Park
Echo Park is located in the heart of Dinosaur's canyon country. Here, the Yampa River flows into the Green River, which winds around the massive feature known as Steamboat Rock. The meeting of the two rivers along with nearby geologic faults created some of the monument's most dramatic scenery.
Echo Park provides many opportunities to enjoy remarkable surroundings, discover Fremont petroglyphs or explore the area's homsteading and ranching history. You can watch watch river rafters float past on the Green River. Picnicking and camping are also available in the area. A spectacular display of stars is visible in the night sky due to the lack of any light pollution from nearby towns and cities.
How to Get to Echo Park
Picnic tables are available in the Echo Park Campground. Several are located near the banks of the Green River and surrounded by spectacular scenery. The campground has vault toilets. Drinking water is available seasonally (usually late-May through late September).
Echo Park Campground has 22 sites suitable for tent camping including one handicapped-accessible site and four walk-in sites. A few sites have shade.The campground has picnic tables, firepits, and a vault toilet. Drinking water is available seasonally (usually mid-May to late September). When water is available a fee of $8.00 per site, per night is charged. Echo Park Campground is open year-round, but there is no winter maintenance on the dirt road leading to the campground. Access to the campground requires high-clearance vehicles. RVs and trailers are strongly discouraged due to sharp turns, steep grades, and rough roads. More information on camping at Dinosaur National Monument …
NPS, Dan Johnson
Other off trail routes exist such as hiking to Mitten Park or past Jenny Lind Rock and into lower Sand Canyon. Anyone planning to explore these areas should carry a map and compass and know how to use them. You should also make sure you have plenty of water and appropriate gear for the weather.
River Rafting and Boating
Pool Creek Petroglyphs
Did You Know?
Dinosaur National Monument's geology is a feast for the mind and the eye. The rock layers, which have been tilted by folding, expose a variety of colors and textures.