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Release Date: August 12, 2021
Contact: Sonya Popelka, e-mail us, (435) 781-7700
Dinosaur, CO & Jensen, UT – The Yampa Bench Road in Dinosaur National Monument has fully reopened after significant damage from a recent thunderstorm forced its closure.
Early on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, a thunderstorm passed over the Yampa Bench Road area. Later that day, monument staff received notice from visitors that they encountered a washed-out area on the road. A subsequent patrol of the road revealed significant road damage in several areas. In the interest of public safety, the road was closed from the monument’s east boundary to the junction with the Echo Park Road pending repairs. Monument and Moffat County road crews worked efficiently and collaboratively to repair the road.
The Yampa Bench Road is an 18-mile unpaved road that travels above the Yampa River. High clearance vehicles are advised for this road under normal conditions.
The Echo Park area including the Echo Park Campground remained open throughout this closure but had to be accessed from the Harpers Corner Road. This closure did not affect visitor access to the Quarry Visitor Center or the Quarry Exhibit Hall where visitors can see the dinosaur fossils.
For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, please call (435) 781-7700 or e-mail us. You may also follow dinosaurnps on social media.
Last updated: August 13, 2021