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

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

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  • Portion of Echo Park Closed Due to Mountain Lion Activity

    The closed area includes the group campsite (other campsites remain open), river access area, the adjacent restroom, water spigot and the path following the Green River upstream to its confluence with the Yampa River. A fresh animal kill is in the area.

Gates of Lodore Trail

Gates of Lodore
Enjoying the view of the entrance to Lodore Canyon.
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Length
¾ mile one way / 1.5 mile round trip. Not a loop.
Level of Difficulty
Easy
Trailhead Location
Located at the Gates of Lodore Campground at the north end of the monument. 137 miles from the Quarry Visitor Center and 101 miles from the Canyon Visitor Center
Your Safety
Be prepared for desert hiking: Take a hat, sunscreen, and water
Let someone know where you are going and when you are due back
Wear comfortable shoes, such as hiking boots or athletic shoes
Trail Brochure
Available at the trailhead and at the monument visitor centers
Rules and Regulations
Pets are not allowed on this trail or in the monument's backcountry
Carry out all trash
Collecting artifacts, fossils, plants, or other objects is prohibited
Do not feed or approach wildlife
Description
The trail starts with a few steps and then is a level walk above the Green River. The trail ends at a view of the entrance to Lodore Canyon. The trail does not provide access to Lodore Canyon, which is impassable on foot.
 
A visitor reads a trailhead sign for the Gates of Lodore trail.
A visitor reads a trailhead sign for the Gates of Lodore trail.
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Did You Know?

Picture of lone hiker looking across canyon.

Most of Dinosaur National Monument's 210,000 acres is proposed wilderness. With proper planning, a backcountry trip at Dinosaur can be a wonderful experience of solitude and serenity.