Ely Creek Backcountry Campsites

A barren patch of dirt for tents with a bear locker and logs for sitting.
The amenities at Ely Creek include a bear locker, vault toilet, and a creek to filter water from.

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Quick Facts
Jones Hole Trail
Backcountry Campsite

Locker/Storage, Toilet - Vault/Composting

Advanced reservations and a backcountry permit are required to camp at Ely Creek.

The Ely Creek Backcountry Campsites are located about 2 miles (1.6 km) one-way from the Jones Hole trailhead. The short distance coupled with primitive amenities makes Ely Creek an ideal trip for a first-time backpacker, or an excellent way to ease back into it! 

Ely Creek is one of only two places along Jones Hole Trail where backcountry camping is allowed. There are two campsites here. Each can accommodate up to 8 people and 2 tents. Amenities include a single bear locker and vault toilet. Potable water is not provided, so campers should bring a filter to treat water from the creek. Visitors must follow all backcountry rules listed on their permit, and practice Leave No Trace principles. All of Dinosaur is home to bears and mountain lions, including Jones Hole. Campers should take precautions for hiking in wildlife areas. 

Permits and advanced reservations are required to camp at Ely Creek. To obtain a reservation and free backcountry permit, call the Information Desk at 435-781-7700 and have the following information ready: 
  • Preferred dates (multiple options are helpful)
  • Contact information (phone and email)
  • Number of people
  • Entry and exit locations
  • Vehicle information (make, model, year, license plate)

Dinosaur National Monument

Last updated: September 13, 2023