* Campsites are available at Gates of Lodore and Deerlodge Park prior to launch. Rainbow Park and Echo Park campgrounds are not for groups on multiday river trips. Split Mountain Campground may be reserved through Recreation.gov.
Cans, rubbish and other refuse may not be discarded in the water, along the shore of the river, in side canyons, trails, or any other portions of the canyon. All refuse material must be carried out. Keep a clean campsite. Trash deposits cannot be made at Echo Park or Rainbow Park. Liquid garbage and dishwater must be strained directly into the river through a rigid fine-mesh screen capable of holding small food particles. Place the solids in garbage bags that are stored in an animal-proof container. Use the disposal containers located at Split Mountain Boat Ramp or remove trash completely from the monument. The use of kitchen ground tarps to collect food crumbs is required. Kitchen ground tarps must be placed under all food preparation and serving tables to leave the beach free of food scraps. Put food particles collected on your kitchen ground tarp into the trash. Crushing food and beverage cans must be done on a tarp or below the high water line in a manner that will not leave food particles, liquids, or paper on the beach.
Use of Soap
The use of soap is restricted to the mainstream of the Green and Yampa Rivers. Stand in the main flow of the river to use a solar shower. A dish washing setup and handwashing station, using biodegradable soap, should be placed in the wet sand below the high water mark or in such a way as to leave the beach free of soap and food spillage. Use of soap in side streams or on shore within Dinosaur National Monument is prohibited.
It is the responsibility of each party to remove solid human waste and all toilet paper from the river corridor.
A fire pan is required if you intend to build a fire. Fire pans must be elevated off the ground with legs, rocks, or other items. It must be appropriate for the size of fire. A fireproof blanket or welder’s cloth must be carried and placed under a fire pan and must be of sufficient size to catch coals and ashes around the fire pan. Fire ash must be strained and large/floatable contents removed, before the remainder may be deposited in the main river current. All floatable fire residue must be carried out. Trips are only required to have a fire pan and fire blanket if building a fire. If there is a ‘no open flames’ fire ban in the monument, open fires are prohibited.
River runners must set up camp on sandbar areas or in established tent sites within designated river camps. Desert and riparian plant communities are particularly susceptible to damage and erosion due to trampling. Do not damage any vegetation or create new hiking routes or sleeping areas in the fragile desert zone. Social Trails Social trails create impacts on vegetation along backcountry trails and at campsites. Stay on well-established trails and avoid short-cutting across fragile desert soils.
You are camping in bear country. All food, garbage, and scented items must be stored in a durable metal or plastic container and secured with a latch or strap when not in use. Proper food storage will also help keep smaller animals, such as skunks, from causing issues at river campsites.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
Please clean and inspect boats as a preventive measure to minimize the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). AIS (such as zebra mussel, New Zealand mudsnail, or quagga mussel) can have devastating effects on the ecology of river ecosystems. Clean and thoroughly dry your boat between river trips, and help keep Dinosaur’s rivers healthy.
Last updated: March 14, 2019