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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two backcountry camping locations in the Jones Hole Creek area:
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: May 4, 2020