Though there is no public transportation within the monument, Greyhound Bus Lines operates service between Denver and Salt Lake City which makes stops in Dinosaur, Colorado and Vernal, Utah. Drivers will stop in Jensen, Utah to unload passengers if requested.
Daily scheduled air service is available to the Vernal Airport (VEL). Rental cars are available at the airport and from other locations in Vernal.
For private river runners or backcountry hikers, vehicle and passenger shuttle service is available from Wilkins Bus lines (435) 789-2476 and River Runners Transport (800) 930-7238.
Driving Around the Monument
There are four paved roads in the park. All other roads in the park are dirt/clay. These roads are impassable when wet. Be prepared for remote driving conditions. Travel with extra water, food and keep your gas tank above half full. Cell phone reception is spotty in many areas of the monument. Four-wheel drive is not required, but is useful on steep unpaved roads. Light rain often makes dirt roads impassable, even with four-wheel drive.
Limited services are available in Jensen, Utah and Dinosaur, Colorado – the towns closest to the Monument visitor centers. More services are available in Vernal, Utah, Rangely, Colorado, and Craig, Colorado.
Contact the park for more information by calling (435) 781-7700 to check on road conditions before you travel.
Road & Highway Conditions
Utah - Utah Dept. of Transportation
Colorado - Colorado Dept. of Transportation
Southwest Wyoming - Wyoming Dept. of Transportation
Paved Monument Roads
Utah 149 enters the park from Highway 40 in Jensen, Utah. This entrance road brings you to the Quarry Visitor Center, Split Mountain boat launch, Split Mountain Campground, Green River Campground, and the Tour of the Tilted Rocks self-guided auto tour.
Echo Park Road can be accessed from Harpers Corner Road or Yampa Bench Road. This 13 mile road is steep with hairpin turns for the first several miles. The road ends at Echo Park which has a campground, boat launch, and hiking trails.
Dinosaur National Monument is closed to the use of all types of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and off-road vehicles for the protection of monument resources. All vehicles traveling on monument roads must be properly licensed and registered.
Last updated: April 20, 2017