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  • Alert 1 , Severity ,information ,, Winter Road Closures Harpers Corner Road in Colorado is closed just past the Plug Hat Butte Picnic Area. Cub Creek Road in Utah is closed before the turnoff to Josie's Cabin. Neither closure affects access to seeing the dinosaur fossils at the Quarry Exhibit Hall in Utah.
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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. During winter, some areas may receive heavy snow while others are clear and dry. If you are traveling to the monument and would like additional information, please call the visitor center at (435) 781-7700 or email us.

 

March 1, 2019 Update
Nearly two feet of snow currently covers lower elevations in the monument with deeper amounts at higher elevations. Most of the unpaved roads in the monument are impassable and will remain so until the snow melts and road surfaces dry. Travel on unpaved roads in the monument when wet or snow covered is not recommended due to clay and soft soils. Weather can be extremely unsettled and variable at Dinosaur during the winter. A sunny, dry, day can quickly change to cold, windy, rainy or snowy. Temperatures my fall below freezing or even below 0ºF. 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: closed at intersection with Blue Mountain Road. Last 1.8 miles is open for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Parking is available at the large vehicle turnaround past Turtle Rock.
Split Mountain Road: open. There is no access to the Split Mountain Boat Ramp due to a construction project. Visitors can access the campground and hiking trails, but they are snow covered.
Fossil Discovery Trail: snow covered. More information...
Sound of Silence Trail: snow covered. 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: snow covered. More information...
River Trail: snow covered. Leashed pets are allowed on this trail. More information...
Box Canyon Trail: snow covered. Road closed 1.8 miles before trailhead. More information...
Hog Canyon Trail: snow covered. Road closed 1.8 miles before trailhead. More information...
Green River Campground: closed for winter. More information...
Split Mountain Group Campground: open for primitive camping. Sites are snow covered. Water is off for the winter. Winter rates in effect. More information...

 

Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: Road has been barricaded due to vehicles attempting to drive in and getting stuck which has lead to lengthy extrications. Travel not advised in winter especially when the road is wet or snow covered due to clay soils. This road is not maintained in winter.
Rainbow Park Campground: open when accessible by road, no water.

 

Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery USFWS: open, compact snow and ice covered. In some areas the road is only one lane wide due to snow drifts. Call the hatchery for current road conditions: 435-789-4481
Jones Hole Trail: snow covered.
Ely Creek / Island Park Trail: snow covered. Trail between Ely Creek waterfall and Ruple Ranch and may be difficult to follow anytime of the year.

 

Harpers Corner/Echo Park Area (Colorado)
Harpers Corner Road: open only 5 miles to Plug Hat Butte. Compact snow and ice on road. Road beyond the gate is open for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or snowmobiling. Snowmobiles are not permitted beyond the Echo Park Road turn off. Watch for animals on the road, especially at dusk and dawn. Due to the above normal snowfall this winter, we are anticipating a later opening than normal for the Harpers Corner Road.
Echo Park Road: no access due to Harpers Corner Road closure and conditions on the Yampa Bench Road. Travel to Echo Park Road from the Yampa Bench Road is not advised when the roads are snow covered, wet or muddy. When road is passable, high clearance vehicles are recommended. Road is not maintained in winter.
Yampa Bench Road: Travel is not recommended on this road when wet or snow covered, due to clay soils. High clearance, all wheel drive vehicles are always recommended for this road. Check weather conditions prior to driving. Road is not maintained in winter.
Access Roads to Yampa Bench Road and Monument Boundary: Unknown.
Harpers Corner Trail: snow covered. Trailhead is not accessible by vehicle due to road closure. A $1 guide book for this trail is available at the visitor centers or trailhead. More Information...
Ruple Point Trail: snow covered. Trailhead is not accessible by vehicle due to road closure. More information...

 

Deerlodge Park (Colorado)
Deerlodge Road: snow covered. Road is not maintained in winter and travel on the road is not advised.

 

Gates of Lodore (Colorado)
Colorado Highway 318: clear.
Moffat County Roads 34 & 34N: may be snow covered. Some washboarding may be present.
Gates of Lodore Trail: may be snow covered. A $1 guide book for this trail is available at the trailhead or monument visitor centers. More information...
Gates of Lodore Campground: open. Water is turned off for the winter.

Last updated: March 1, 2019

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Mailing Address:

4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610

Phone:

(435) 781-7700

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