Current Conditions


Park Closure



We will try to update this page in a timely manner, however, due to the range in elevations and soil types for our roads and trails, conditions can change rapidly in Dinosaur National Monument. The Echo Park and Island Park Roads often become impassable after a rain storm. during winter, some areas may receive heavy snow while others are clear and dry. If you are headed into the park and you have doubts about the accuracy of this information, please call the visitor center at (435) 781-7700 or email us.


March 2, 2017 Update
Snow has melted at lower elevations (approximately 4,700 feet) near the Quarry Visitor Center. Snow still remains in higher elevations.

Visitors should check the weather before heading out to explore. Travel on unpaved roads in the monument during snow melt or immediately after a rainstorm is not recommended due to the soft soils of the road beds.


Dinosaur Quarry Area (Utah)
Split Mountain Road: Clear.
Cub Creek Road: Clear. Open for first 8 miles and closed for the last 2 unpaved miles. Petroglyphs and Josie Morris Cabin accessible by hiking.
Fossil Discovery Trail: Closed due to storm damage. Trail work is anticipated to take place through September 2017.
Sound of Silence Trail: Snow in shaded areas. Muddy in drainages. Route finding skills are necessary. There may be many elk/deer trails may create some confusion on location of trail.
Desert Voices Trail: Snow covered in shaded areas and north facing slopes
River Trail: Muddy areas. Leashed pets are allowed on this trail.
Box Canyon Trail: Patchy snow.
Hog Canyon Trail: Patchy snow.


Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: This road is closed at the monument boundary due to significant road damage until further notice.


Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Fish Hatchery: Avoid traveling on road during snowstorms. Call the Hatchery for current road conditions: 435-789-4481
Jones Hole Trail: Snow covered.
Ely Creek / Island Park Trail: Snow covered. Trail maintained to waterfall. Trail beyond waterfall to Ruple Ranch and may be difficult to follow.


Harpers Corner/Echo Park Area (Colorado)
Harpers Corner Road: Plowed for first 5 miles to Plug Hat Butte. Road is closed to cars beyond Plug Hat Butte. Watch for falling rocks at Plug Hat Butte. Watch for animals, especially at dusk and dawn.
Echo Park Road: Road not maintained in winter. High clearance and/or 4WD vehicles advised when passable. Travel not advised when road is wet.
Yampa Bench Road: Road not maintained in winter. Travel not advised when road is wet. High clearance all wheel drive vehicles are always recommended for this road. Check weather conditions prior to driving.
Access Roads to Yampa Bench Road and Monument Boundary: Unknown. Most roads are not maintained in the winter.
Harpers Corner Trail: Snow covered
Ruple Point Trail: Snow covered


Deerlodge Park (Colorado)
Deerlodge Road: This road is not maintained in winter and travel is not recommended.


Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
Colorado Highway 318: Patchy snow, muddy.
Moffat County Roads 34 & 34N: Patchy snow, muddy

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610


(435) 781-7700
Phones are answered during normal business hours if staff are available. Voicemails are responded to as soon as possible.

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