Current Conditions




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 15, 2018 Update
Due to recent storms, roads in the monument may have areas that are still snow covered or are extremely muddy.

Water has been turned off for winter in all campgrounds and winter camping rates of $6.00/night apply. The Green River Campground is closed for the season. 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 clay and soft soils that have the consistency of peanut butter on road beds.


Dinosaur Quarry Area (Utah)
Cub Creek Road: road is open to the Josie Morris Cabin
Split Mountain Road: open.
Fossil Discovery Trail: open.
Sound of Silence Trail: possible mud in areas. There may be many elk/deer trails that may create some confusion on location of trail. A $1 guide book for this trail is available at the Quarry Visitor Center or trailhead.
Desert Voices Trail: possible mud in areas
River Trail: possible mud in areas. Leashed pets are allowed on this trail.
Box Canyon Trail: possible mud in areas.
Hog Canyon Trail: possible mud in areas.


Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: Travel not advised when the road is wet due to clay soils that have a consistency of peanut butter. This road is not maintained in winter.


Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Fish Hatchery: clear. Call the Hatchery for current road conditions: 435-789-4481
Jones Hole Trail: possible snow and mud in shaded areas.
Ely Creek / Island Park Trail: possible snow in shaded areas and mud in others. Trail beyond waterfall to Ruple Ranch and may be difficult to follow anytime of the year due to trail being unmaintained.


Harpers Corner/Echo Park Area (Colorado)
Harpers Corner Road: road has been plowed 24 miles up to junction with the Echo Park Road. Be cautious of snow and ice in shaded areas and also beware of animals on the road, especially at dusk and dawn. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing is permitted on the closed portion of the road to harpers Corner.
Echo Park Road: travel to Echo Park Road from the Yampa Bench Road is not advised while the roads are snow covered, wet or muddy.
Yampa Bench Road: due to snow at the end of February it is possible that melted snow has resulted in muddy areas. Travel is not recommended on this road when wet due to clay soils that have the consistency of peanut butter. 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.
Harpers Corner Trail: possibly snow covered in areas; trailhead not accessible by vehicle due to Harpers Corner Road closure at Echo Park Road.
Ruple Point Trail: possibly snow covered in areas, trailhead not accessible by vehicle due to Harpers Corner Road closure at Echo Park Road.


Deerlodge Park (Colorado)
Deerlodge Road: possible patchy snow and ice.


Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
Colorado Highway 318: clear.
Moffat County Roads 34 & 34N: muddy. Some washboarding may be present.

Last updated: March 15, 2018

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Mailing Address:

4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610


(435) 781-7700

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