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 »
Pets are welcome at Dinosaur National Monument, but as a unit in the National Park Service there are several regulations regarding pets that are enforced within the park. Pets are not allowed in any of the buildings, on most hiking trails within the monument, along the Green or Yampa Rivers, or in the monument's backcountry. Pets are allowed on the Cold Desert Trail, Plug Hat Trail, Iron Springs Bench Overlook Trail and Echo Park Overlook Trail. These trails are all located on the Colorado side of the monument off the Harpers Corner Road. Pets are not allowed on the Ruple Point or Harpers Corner Trails. Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer then 6 feet long and may not be left unattended. Service dogs are allowed, as granted by law. Pet excrement must be picked up and disposed of properly.
Dinosaur National Monument weather is semi-arid with hot summers. There is little to no shade. Please do not leave your pets in vehicles during hot weather. The internal temperature of a vehicle can soar to dangerous levels in a manner of minutes. Nearby local communities may have kennels for your pets. Contact local organizations to locate a kennel.
How "Service Animal" Is Defined
This definition does not affect or limit the broader definition of "assistance animal" under the Fair Housing Act or the broader definition of "service animal" under the Air Carrier Access Act.
Some State and local laws also define service animal more broadly than the ADA does. Information about such laws can be obtained from the State attorney general's office.
Where Service Animals Are Allowed
Service Animals Must Be Under Control
Inquiries, Exclusions, Charges, and Other Specific Rules Related to Service Animals
Did You Know?
Whitewater rafting is a popular way to experience the remote canyon areas at Dinosaur National Monument. You can take a licensed commercial rafting trip or you can tackle the river on your own, provided you have a permit, the correct equipment and the necessary experience.