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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.


November 28, 2016 Update
Winter is settling in at Dinosaur with snow now present at higher elevations.

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


Dinosaur Quarry Area (Utah)
Split Mountain Road: Open
Cub Creek Road: Open all the way to the Josie Morris Ranch.
Fossil Discovery Trail: Closed due to storm damage.
Sound of Silence Trail: Route finding skills are necessary. Lots of elk/deer trails may create some confusion on location of trail.
Desert Voices: Clear
River Trail: Clear. Leashed pets are allowed on this trail.
Box Canyon Trail: Clear.
Hog Canyon Trail: Clear.


Rainbow Park / Island Park Area (Utah)
Island Park Road: High clearance vehicles are advised due to damage from September storm. Travel not advised immediately after rainfall. This road is not maintained in winter. Travel into this area is not advised during winter.


Jones Hole Area (Utah)
Road to Fish Hatchery: Clear. Avoid traveling on road during snowstorms.
Jones Hole Trail: Clear. Some muddy areas. Bridge over Ely Creek was washed out but hikers should be able to cross.
Ely Creek / Island Park Trail: Some muddy areas. 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: Road is open but is snow covered. 4WD drive and/or traction tires advised 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: Some rutted areas.
Moffat Count Roads 34 & 34N: Some rutted area.

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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