Last updated: August 22, 2022
Thing to Do
Hike the Gates of Lodore Trail
Distance: 1 mile (1.6 km) round trip
Elevation Change: Approximately 200 feet (61 meters)
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Type of Trail: Out and back, not a loop
Trailhead: Located at the Gates of Lodore Campground at the north end of the monument, 137 miles (220.4 km) from the Quarry Visitor Center and 101 (162.5 km) miles from the Canyon Visitor Center.
The trail starts up a short incline, then becomes a relatively level walk above the Green River. The trail ends at a dramatic view of the entrance to Lodore Canyon. The trail does not provide access to Lodore Canyon, which is impassable on foot.
A pamphlet for the trail is available at the Visitor Centers. Trail maps of Dinosaur National Monument are available from the park bookstore.
Rules and Regulations
- Pets and animals who provide only comfort or emotional support are prohibited on this trail.
- To protect fragile resources, off trail hiking is not permitted in this area.
- Carry out all trash.
- Collecting artifacts, fossils, plants, antlers, or other objects is prohibited.
- Do not feed or approach wildlife.
- Biking on trails is not permitted in Dinosaur National Monument.
- There is no shade on this trail. This trail can be extremely slippery when wet. The trail is not stroller-friendly.
- Be prepared for desert hiking. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Take water. A minimum of 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of water per person is recommended in summer.
- Temperatures can exceed 100°F (38°C) in summer. To avoid the heat, hike in the morning or evening. Carry a headlamp if hiking near nightfall.
- Let someone know where you are going and when you are due back.
- Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes, such as hiking boots or athletic shoes. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not recommended.
- Watch for wildlife. This is mountain lion and black bear country. Keep small children close.
- All natural areas pose risks. Your safety depends on your own good judgement.