Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument covers over 211,000 acres of spectacular canyon country.
The Visitor's Center is located two miles east of the town of Dinosaur on U.S. Highway 40 and provides specific maps and information about this panoramic area.
The National Monument provides scenic drives, nature trails for hiking, and incredible rafting and fishing opportunities on the Green and Yampa rivers.
Dinosaur National Monument spans Colorado and Utah. On the Utah side, there are opportunities to see fossils on exhibit and by the trail. There is an auto tour, petroglyphs and great views of the Green River.
The Moffat County entrance to the monument is is 90 miles from Craig on U.S. Highway 40 (see map below) via Harper's Corner, a scenic route visitors call a glimpse of a "mini-grand canyon." There are several overlooks, hiking trails and camping opportunities throughout Dinosaur National Monument.
The Moffat County side is consider the canyon side. This area preserves the canyons of the Green and Yampa Rivers, a rich human history, and geological features that are easily viewed from the several scenic drives.
Currently, the quarry located in Jensen, Utah, is closed because of structural issues. It is expected to reopen in 2011.
There are several great campsites in Dinosaur National Monument. One of our favorites is Echo Park, 38 miles north of the town of Dinosaur, with it's "air conditioned" cave, view of pristine petroglyphs, beautiful campsites, river views and the opportunity to view bighorn sheep and other wildlife.
In addition to Echo Park, campgrounds on the Moffat County side of Dinosaur National Monument include Deerlodge Campground, 53 miles northeast of the town of Dinosaur, which features open sites with river views and is a launch site for private and commercial rafting trips traveling the Yampa River and Gates of Lodore campsite, 55 miles northwest of Maybell, which features spectacular canyon and river views, wildlife, hiking trails and is a launch site for private and commercial rafting trips traveling the Green River.
Visit our Camping page for other great sites and more detailed amenity lists.
Travel along trails with reveal fossils, past cultures and stunning panoramas. Dinosaur National Monument offers more than 30 miles of trails and an open back country offers challenges for hikers of all skill levels.
The Green and Yampa rivers are two of the West's premier whitewater destinations. Both rivers can be run with an outfitter or in private groups. Permits are required.
Dinosaur Monument visitor center hours, program schedules and access to parts of the monument vary with season. Please call, write or visit the monument's Web site for more information.