Off-Trail Hiking

Off trail hiking is great way to experience the wonder and majesty of Dinosaur's backcountry.

You will be in very remote country. Make sure you take the following precautions:

  • Bring plenty of water.

  • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you are due out.

  • Bring a map and compass.

  • Even if you are planning a day hike, be prepared to spend the night.

  • Overnight visits in the backcountry require a free backcountry permit.

  • The National Geographic Trails Illustrated map of Dinosaur National Monument is a good planning tool. It's available from the park bookstore.

For more information or help planning a trip into the backcountry, contact the park at 435-781-7700 or at 970-374-3000.

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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