Plug Hat Trail

Informational sign and paved path at the Plug Hat Trailhead.
This paved trail offers accessible views of Dinosaur's rugged landscape.

NPS / Molly Swindle

Quick Facts
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Hiking Trail, Wheelchair Accessible, Pet Friendly

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Wheelchair Accessible

Located on top of a butte, the Plug Hat Trail offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The trail is paved and winds through a forest of pinyon pine and Utah juniper trees. Signs along the way provide information about the local community of plants and animals. Benches are available at scenic spots. Although the trail is wheelchair accessible, some assistance may be needed. A wheelchair-accessible picnic area is located across the road from the trailhead.

Length: 0.25 miles (0.4 km) round-trip

Level of Difficulty: Easy. The trail is paved and even.

Trailhead Location: Off of the Harper's Corner Road, about 5 miles (8 km) north of the Canyon Visitor Center.

Your Safety: Be prepared for desert hiking. Take a hat, sunscreen, and water. Let someone know where you are going, and when to expect you back. Wear comfortable shoes, such as hiking or athletic shoes. Use caution near cliffs! Keep children and leashed pets close by.

Rules and Regulations:
  • Leashed pets are allowed on this trail, but you must clean up after them.
  • Carry out all trash.
  • Collecting artifacts, fossils, plants, antlers, rocks, or other objects is prohibited.
  • Do not feed or approach wildlife.
  • Biking is not permitted on this trail.

Dinosaur National Monument

Last updated: April 5, 2024