Jones Hole Creek Area

The Jones Hole area features a scenic canyon carved by a creek that flows to the Green River. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, viewing pictographs, wildlife watching, and camping. Jones Hole is located on the Utah side of the monument, and is approximately a one-hour drive from the Quarry Visitor Center. Parking is available at the Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 
Hatchery raceways seen from a distance.
View of Jones Hole Fish Hatchery

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Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery

At the Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout are raised to stock areas in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. Visitors can walk among the hatchery raceways, where trout are raised, or enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Parking, restrooms, and an information kiosk are located at the hatchery.

 
Jones Hole Trail surrounded by canyon walls.
Jones Hole Trail

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Hiking

The Jones Hole Trail follows Jones Hole Creek for 4 miles (6.4 km), from the Fish Hatchery to the Green River. The Island Park Trail leaves the Jones Hole Trail approximately 2 miles from the trailhead at the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery. At approximately a ¼ mile it passes by the small waterfall on Ely Creek.

 
Angler fishes in creek.
Angler fishing in Jones Creek

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Fishing

Jones Hole Creek is clear and cool, a perfect habitat for brown and rainbow trout. All anglers must have a valid Utah fishing license and be familiar with Utah fishing regulations. Visit the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for more information on fishing licenses and regulations.

 
Pictograph of bighorn sheep.
Pictographs at Deluge Shelter

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Pictographs & Petroglyphs

Stop at Deluge Shelter, approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the trailhead at the fish hatchery, to see thousand-year-old pictographs and petroglyphs created by the Fremont people.

Other petroglyph and pictograph sites are found throughout the monument.
 
Waterfall flowing over rocky ledge.
Waterfall at Ely Creek

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Ely Creek Falls

Roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) from the fish hatchery, Ely Creek flows in from the west to join Jones Creek. Follow Ely Creek for approximately a quarter mile (0.4 km) to reach a small, scenic waterfall shaded by Douglas fir and birch trees.

 
River with tall cliffs in background.
The Green River near its confluence with Jones Hole Creek

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The Green River

Jones Hole Trail ends near the confluence of Jones Hole Creek and the Green River. Bighorn sheep are often spotted near the river in this area.

 

Camping

There are two backcountry camping locations in the Jones Hole Creek area:

  • Two backcountry campsites are located at the confluence of Jones Hole Creek and Ely Creek. This is a hike-in campground, located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from the parking area at the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery. Reservations are required to camp in this location. Call (435) 781-7700 to reserve a campsite. Please note: Black bears have been active in the area around the Ely Creek backcountry campsites. Proper food storage is required.
  • The Jones Hole river campsites are located on the Green River, near the confluence of Jones Hole Creek and the Green River. From mid-May through mid-September, use of these campsites is restricted to river rafting groups with permits. During the rest of the year, this restriction does not apply and the Jones Hole river campsites are open to hike-in camping. These campsites are located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) from the parking area at the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery.

More information on backcountry camping at Dinosaur National Monument can be found in the backcountry camping page.

More information on camping in established campgrounds at Dinosaur National Monument can be found here.

Last updated: December 14, 2017

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4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610

Phone:

(435) 781-7700

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