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 »
Numerous Campsites Closed in the Green River Campground
A recent tree assessment of the Green River Campground identified potential safety issues with numerous cottonwood trees, requiring us to close many of the campsites. Please plan ahead so that you are not disappointed if the campground is full. More »
Yampa Bench Road
The 18-mile Yampa Bench Road connects the Echo Park Road with the monument's southeast boundary. From there, several Moffat County dirt roads lead to US Highway 40. The Yampa Bench Road runs along a large "bench" or flat area above the Yampa River. Several viewpoints, trails and historic sites provide access to the area's dramatic scenery and history. Wildlife such as mule deer, elk, pronghorn may be occasionally seen.
The road is winding with some narrow and short steep sections. A few small stream crossings may hold water and mud for extended periods. Several areas of the road also cross soft sand deposits. Under favorable weather conditions, the Yampa Bench Road is considered relatively easy for high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. Extreme caution is required for both vehicles and bikes during periods of inclement weather. Areas of sand and mud may be impassable when wet. All vehicles and bikes must remain on roads. ATVs and non-street legal dirt bikes are not permitted on the Yampa Bench Road. High clearance vehicles are highly recommended. Camping is not permitted along the Yampa Bench Road.
Did You Know?
A population of peregrine falcons has been established at Dinosaur National Monument. The park's rugged canyons make ideal habitat for the once endangered raptor. Fossils show that dinosaurs evolved into birds--and so still live in modified form at Dinosaur.