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


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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.

Plug Hat Trail

The view from the Plug Hat Butte Trail provides a sweeping panorama over surrounding canyons and the northern part of the Uintah Basin.
The view from the Plug Hat Trail provides a sweeping panorama over surrounding canyons and the northern part of the Uintah Basin.
¼ mile loop.
Level of Difficulty
Trailhead Location
Off Harpers Corner Road, five miles north of 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.
Use caution near cliffs. Keep close tabs on small children.
Trail Brochure or Signs
Interpretive signs are located along the trail.
Rules and Regulations
Pets are allowed on this trail but must be on a leash. Pet waste must be collected and disposed of properly.
Carry out all trash.
Collecting artifacts, fossils, plants, or other objects is prohibited.
Do not feed or approach wildlife.
This level trail on top of a butte affords excellent views of the surrounding landscape and provides an introduction to the pinyon pine-juniper community. The trail is paved and wheelchair accessible. Some assistance may be needed. A wheelchair-accessible picnic area is located across the road from the trailhead. The National Geographic Trails Illustrated map of Dinosaur National Monument is available from the park bookstore.

Did You Know?

Photo of paleontologist Earl Douglass.

Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.