Dinosaur National Monument

Gates of Lodore Nature Trail

Gates of Lodore Nature Trail Length: 3/4 mile one-way. Difficulty: Easy. Trailhead location: At the Gates of Lodore Campground at the north end of the Monument. 137 miles from the Temporary Visitor Center and 101 miles from the Canyon Area Visitor Center. Brochure: Available at the trailhead and at the visitor centers. Description: A ...

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Jones Hole Trail

Jones Hole Trail Length: 4 miles one way. Difficulty: Moderate. Trailhead location: At the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery. A 45-mile drive on paved roads north of the Temporary Visitor Center. Brochure: Available at the visitor centers. Description: A pleasant hike along a babbling brook in the bottom of a lovely canyon. Basically level walking ...

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Box Canyon Trail

Box Canyon Trail Length: 1/2 mile round trip. Not a loop. Difficulty: Easy. Trailhead location: At Josie's Cabin, on the Tour of the Tilted Rocks auto tour road 12 miles east of the Temporary Visitor Center. Brochure: None. Description: A level walk into a shady box canyon. Nice exposures of the craggy sandstone of ...

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Cold Desert Trail

Cold Desert Trail Length: 1/2-mile loop. Difficulty: Easy. Trailhead location: At the Canyon Area Visitor Center. Brochure: Available at the visitor centers. Description: A short, level walk that opens your eyes to the diversity of the desert shrub community found around Dinosaur Directions At the Canyon Area Visitor ...

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Harpers Corner Trail

Harpers Corner Trail Length: 2 miles round trip. Not a loop. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Trailhead location: At the end of the Harpers Corner Auto Tour road, 32 miles from the Canyon Area Visitor Center. Brochure: Available at the trailhead and at the visitor centers. Description: Fairly level with a few moderate ups and ...

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Plug Hat Trail

Plug Hat Trail Length: 1/4-mile loop. Difficulty: Easy. Trialhead location: About five miles north of Canyon Area Visitor Center on Harpers Corner Auto Tour road. Brochure: None. Signage along trail. Description: A level trail on top of a butte. It affords an excellent view of the surrounding landscape and provides an introduction to the ...

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Ruple Point Trail

Ruple Point Trail Length: 8 miles round trip. Not a loop. Difficulty: Moderate to difficult. Trailhead location: At the Island Park Overlook on the Harpers Corner Auto Tour road 27 miles north of the Canyon Area Visitor Center. Brochure: None. Description: Most of the trail follows rolling terrain of sagebrush and juniper. The descent ...

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Fossil Discovery Trail

Fossil Discovery Trail Length: 1.5 miles round trip. Not a loop. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Trailhead location: Temporary Visitor Center. Brochure: Available at Temporary Visitor Center or here. Description: Trail cuts through tilted rock layers, exposing great variety of rocks and fossils. The Morrison Formation stop features an outcropping of several small pieces ...

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Dinosaur National Monument

Cold Desert Trail Length: 1/2-mile loop. Difficulty: Easy. Trailhead location: At the Canyon Area Visitor Center. Brochure: Available at the visitor centers. Description: A short, level walk that opens your eyes to the diversity of the desert shrub community found around Dinosaur. Directions Canyon Area Visitor Center 4545 Highway 40 Dinosaur, CO ...

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Deerlodge Park Campground at Dinosaur National Monument

Deerlodge Park Campground Deerlodge Campground is located 53 miles east of the Canyon Area Visitor Center. It is located on the Yampa River at the boat ramp at the head of Yampa Canyon. It has seven shady sites suitable for tents. The sites have tables and firepits. There is running water ...

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