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

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

Off-Trail Hiking

Off trail hiking is great way to experience the wonder and majesty of Dinosaur's backcountry.

You will be in very remote country. Make sure you take the following precautions:



  • Bring plenty of water.




  • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you are due out.




  • Bring a map and compass.




  • Even if you are planning a day hike, be prepared to spend the night.




  • Overnight visits in the backcountry require a free backcountry permit.




  • The National Geographic Trails Illustrated map of Dinosaur National Monument is a good planning tool. It's available from the park bookstore.


For more information or help planning a trip into the backcountry, contact the park at 435-781-7700 or at 970-374-3000.

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.