Hiking Trails

Park rangers walking uphill trail
Historic Quarry Trail

NPS / Elizabeth Bargdill

Fossil Butte National Monument offers 4 miles of maintained trails. Unmaintained trails exist off the unpaved stretch of the Scenic Dive. View the Map of Fossil Butte to reference locations within the monument.
Each of the trails offers something different, but all offer a chance to explore the scenic and cultural value of Fossil Butte. Below are descriptions of the trails to help you find the outdoor experience you are looking for.
Be aware that fossils are not visible from any of the trails. The Visitor Center offers the chance to view and learn about fossils.
 

Maintained Trails

Historic Quarry Trail - 2.5 mile loop, 600 feet elevation gain

This trail is moderately strenuous. Restrooms, water, and a small picnic area are available at the start of the trail. This trail is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
During the summer...
There is no shade and conditions can get very hot. As dry as the landscape may look, hidden streams and ponds attract plenty of mosquitoes during the summer months. Be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, bug spray, and plenty of water.
This trail offers a great way to experience the geology of Fossil Butte. You will pass through parts of the Wasatch and Green River Formations. A short, side loop leads to a historic fossil quarry. Wayside exhibits provide information about geology, area history, wildlife, and plants of the high desert.

 
map of Historic Quarry Trail
 

Nature Trail - 1.5 mile loop, 300 feet elevation gain

The Picnic Area, restrooms, and water are available at the start of this trail. This trail is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
In the summer...
Come prepared for possible muddy conditions, especially in early or late summer. While the trail does pass through some shaded areas, we recommend you pack sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water, and bug spray.
In the winter...
The trail is open all year. However, the road leading to the Nature Trail is closed to driving as soon as the snow gets too high. This time varies each year, but the road is usually closed sometime in November and usually reopens sometime in April. Sking and snowshoeing are excellent alternatives for reaching the Nature Trail in the winter.
This trail winds through sagebrush and a spring-fed aspen forest. Be sure to watch for wildlife as you hike. Wayside exhibits interpret the wildlife, plants, and geology of this high desert oasis. At the top, enjoy the scenic views at the benches overlooking Fossil Butte.

 
map of Chicken Creek Nature Trail (previously Fossil Lake Trail)
 

Unmaintained Trails - Road Hiking

Past the Nature Trail and Picnic Area, the Scenic Drive continues 4 miles up a steep incline on gravel road. If you are driving a RV or pulling a trailer behind your vehicle, we do not suggest continuing up this road. It is very narrow and there may not be any area large enough to turn your vehicle around. You are welcome to unhitch a trailer and leave it in the Nature Trail or Visitor Center parking area.
Three 2-track dirt roads leading off the Scenic Drive offer wonderful hiking opportunities. The trails are unmarked but noticeable by gates leading to them.
Cundick Ridge & Eaglenest Point are accessed from the first gate on your right side as you drive up the Scenic Drive. Rubey Point is accessed from the second gate on your left side as you drive up the Scenic Drive.

Cundick Ridge Road - 2 miles total, out-and-back, minimal elevation gain

Eaglenest Point Road - 2 miles total, out-and back, some elevation gain

Rubey Point Road - 3 miles total, out-and-back, some elevation gain

 
Visitor looking at Fossil Butte from Cundick Ridge
Cundick Ridge Overlook

NPS / Nora Halloran

Last updated: September 20, 2017

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