Current Conditions

 

Changes in Monument Operations - March 30, 2020

The following precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • The Quarry Visitor Center and Quarry Exhibit Hall are closed until further notice because of safety and health concerns.
  • The monument bookstore operated by Intermountain Natural History Association inside the Quarry Visitor Center is also closed. The online store can be found here: https://futuresite.inhaweb.com/
  • All river trips/operations in Dinosaur National Monument are canceled until further notice.
  • All monument campgrounds are closed.
  • All backcountry camping is suspended including camping at the Ely Creek designated backcountry sites in Jones Hole.
  • The National Park Service has temporarily suspended the collection of park entrance and camping fees.
  • Dinosaur National Monument is focused on ensuring employees, their families, volunteers, and visitors are safe by following the most current guidance from the CDC, OPM, OEM, and other federal, state, and local health authorities.
  • People who choose to visit the monument during this pandemic should know that services including access to running water and restrooms will be limited. Visitors need to be self-sufficient and practice Leave No Trace principles to help keep outdoor spaces clean, safe, and healthy.
  • Visitors can call our Virtual Visitor Center at 435-781-7700 from 9am-5pm MDT to speak with park staff.

Social Distancing

In an effort to limit exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), its recommend that visitors do not gather in groups larger than 10 people and maintain at least a 6 foot distance between themselves and other visitor groups while hiking trails and exploring the monument.

National Park Service Public Health Service Officers recommend that everyone should take the following routine precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.
  • Keep at least 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Most important, if you feel sick, please stay home to avoid exposing others.

Follow this web page for the latest public health updates from the National Park Service:
https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm


We 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. If you are traveling to the monument and would like additional information, please call the visitor center at (435) 781-7700 or email us.

 


April 2, 2020 Update
Several inches of wet snow fell at lower elevations this morning. Trails are snow-covered or muddy.

The outdoor areas of the monument remain open for hiking and other recreation. Please follow guidance of maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet and not gathering in groups larger than 10 people.

Varying amounts of snow currently cover most of the higher elevations in the monument. Unpaved roads are not maintained in the winter. Travel on unpaved roads in the monument when wet or snow covered is not recommended due to sticky clay and soft soils. Visitors should check the weather before heading out to explore and always let someone know about their plans.

 

Dinosaur Quarry Area (Utah)
Cub Creek Road: open.
Josie Morris Ranch Road: closed due to snow and mud.
Split Mountain Road: open.
Fossil Discovery Trail: clear. More information...
Sound of Silence Trail: muddy areas. There may be elk/deer trails that create some confusion on location of trail. A $1 guide book for this trail is available at the Quarry Visitor Center or trailhead. More information...
Desert Voices Trail: clear. More information...
River Trail: clear. More information...
Box Canyon Trail: clear. More information...
Hog Canyon Trail: clear. More information...
Green River Campground: closed. More information...
Split Mountain Group Campground: Closed due to COVID-19. No water available. More information...

 

Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: road not maintained in winter. Travel not advised when the road is wet or snow covered due to clay soils. Muddy in areas due to freezing and melting snow, 4x4 recommended.
Rainbow Park Campground: closed due to COVID-19, no water.
More information…

 

Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery USFWS: paved, open; plowed, but snow and/or ice may be present. Call the hatchery for current road conditions: 435-789-4481
Jones Hole Trail: muddy areas, some snow possible in the shade. More information…
Ely Creek / Island Park Trail: snow-covered, potential ice and/or mud. Trail between Ely Creek waterfall and Ruple Ranch and may be difficult to follow anytime of the year. More information…
Ely Creek Backcountry Campsites: Closed due to COVID-19. All previously issued backcountry permits and reservations are canceled.

 

Harpers Corner/Echo Park Area (Colorado)
Harpers Corner Road: closed at Plug Hat Butte, five miles from US Highway 40 due to snow until late spring. Road may close temporarily at monument headquarters when road plowing is occuring. Watch for animals on the road, especially at dusk and dawn.
Echo Park Road: road not accessible due to Harpers Corner Road closure. Travel to Echo Park Road is not advised when the roads are snow covered, wet or muddy.
Echo Park Campground: closed due to COVID-19, no water available.
Yampa Bench Road: areas of mud and snow. Travel is not recommended on this road when wet or snow covered, due to sticky clay soils. 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: areas of mud and snow.
Harpers Corner Trail: no access to trailhead by vehicle. Snow-covered. A $1 guide book for this trail is available at the visitor centers or trailhead. More Information...
Ruple Point Trail: no access to trailhead by vehicle. Snow-covered. More information...

 

Deerlodge Park (Colorado)
Deerlodge Road: paved and open. Snow-covered. 4x4 recommended.
Deerlodge Park Campground: closed due to COVID-19, no water available. More information…

 

Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
Colorado Highway 318: clear.
Moffat County Roads 34 & 34N: muddy areas. Some washboarding and tire ruts.
Gates of Lodore Trail: clear. A $1 guide book for this trail is available at the trailhead or monument visitor centers. More information...
Gates of Lodore Campground: closed due to COVID-19, no water available. More information…

Last updated: April 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610

Phone:

(435) 781-7700

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