Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Trails in Dinosaur

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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Desert Voices hiking trail

Desert Voices hiking trail (1½ mile loop; moderately easy): This trail begins near the boat ramp at the Split Mountain Campground. The trail offers excellent views of Split Mountain and several adjacent rock layers. Geology is the outstanding feature on this trail. Signage on the trail was written and drawn ...

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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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Fossil Discovery hiking trail

Fossil Discovery hiking trail (1 mile one-way; moderately easy): The Fossil Discovery Trail Guide brochure provides information about the rock layers along the trail. Contact staff at the visitor center to drive to the upper trailhead for a one-way hike, meeting the bus back at the visitor center. The trail ...

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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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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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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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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding Pack and saddle stock, including horses, mules, burros, and llamas, are permitted in Dinosaur National Monument. Regulations limit the use of pack or saddle stock within the monument for the purpose of protecting resources and the enjoyment of other visitors. All other domestic animals are prohibited in the ...

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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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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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River Hiking Trail

River Hiking Trail This easy 1-mile (1.6 km), one-way trail links the Green River and Split Mountain Campgrounds. Enjoy the river landscape and perhaps glimpse some of the varied wildlife that depends on the river environment. Directions This easy 1-mile (1.6 km), one-way trail links the Green River and Split Mountain ...

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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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Sound of Silence Hiking Trail

Sound of Silence Hiking Trail This moderate to diffi cult, 3-mile (4.8 km) loop trail provides a hike into interesting rock layers where the beauty and silence of this landscape can be experienced. A ¼-mile trail connects the Sound of Silence Trail with the Desert Voices trail. A trail guide is available ...

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