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Discover Dinosaur Dinosaurs once roamed here. Their fantastic remains are still visible embedded in the rocks. Today, the mountains, desert and untamed rivers flowing in deep canyons, support an array of life. Petroglyphs hint at earlier cultures. Later, homesteaders and outlaws found refuge here. Whether your passion is science, adventure, history or scenery, Dinosaur offers much to explore. The monument is open all year, but certain roads and facilities are closed during the winter months. When monument roads are open, they are open 24 hours a day. There are no dinosaur fossils in the Colorado portion of the monument. If you want to see Dinosaur Fossils, you must visit the Utah side of the monument near Jensen, Utah.

Great short hikes with totally worthwhile scenery. The box canyon makes you feel small. I recommend this to anyone who loves desert mountains.

Rosa is a really good hike to start getting the kids in the mood for other hikes in the area. The river scenes are outstanding and not too difficult.

I agree with Chuck (Gaines). My son and I mixed this trail with a leg from Sound of Silence and it was a real gem. Lots of wildlife and even a few no-shoulders lurking around. (Watch out!) If you're looking for a taste of the desert without wanting too much risk, this is the trail for you.

Great hike, even in the heat. Lots of raptors to see (no, not the dinosaurs ;-) and plenty of breathtaking vistas. Buggy as all get-out, so bring insect repellent or risk inhaling mosquitos!

Canyons doesn't get as much traffic as the Quarry, so picturesque solitude may be yours if you're lucky.

This trail is hard to find but worth the effort. Drive to the end of Split Mountain Campground and park near the "road closed". Walk around the two closed gates and through the closed abandoned campground to the end where you will find the trailhead. The trail is well maintained and well used. It offers beautiful views of the river. I hiked in the late afternoon when it was a bit cooler. Bring water and wear sunscreen. No access to the river as the trail follows bluffs.

I combined this trail with the Sound of Silence trail. The scenery is spectacular and there are several signs that explain what you are seeing.

7 months ago

it was a good hike from green river campground to split mountain campground. I would rate this hike Easy to Moderate depending on your skill levels. The green river flows right by the trail. Good trail for trail running, evening hike, family hikes and bird watching.

Easy, short, and beautiful!

This is a very easy and short hike that starts at the end of the campground. The views are amazing and is well worth the visit if in the area.

Magnificent area. Breathtaking views. Bring swim attire and cool off in the Green River. Just be careful with the current. The water is murky with all the silt as well. The Whispering Cave gives you a cool breeze once you step into the narrow passage way.

on Plug Hat Trail

2 years ago

Nice picnic area with both asphalt and gravel trail. Restroom on site and AMAZING views.

3 years ago

This is a beautiful, desert trail that has a rewarding & spectacular view of split mountain and the green river at the end: Definitely worth the hike - just make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

Beautiful place. This is the take out location for those who float the Yampa and the Green Rivers through Dinosaur National Monument. Breath taking scenery. Good camp sites. Not far from the world famous Dinosaur Quarry.

scenic driving
5 years ago

Wonderful place. Be sure and cool of in the Wind Cave, a gigantic slab of sandstone standing separate from the canyon wall. Watch for petroglyphs in the narrows. The huge rock across the river is called Steamboat rock. Consider hiking to Harpers Corner on this trip and perhaps the Yampa Bench road.

I take this drive three of four times a year. I love bird watching out there in the Spring. Also the Jensen Christmas Bird Count includes this tour. The scenery is outstanding and extremely unique.

Great trail to introduce kids to hiking. Interesting, quite bit of variety. Lots of wildlife, mornings and evenings.

scenic driving
5 years ago

This one holds lots of memories. Lots of history and a good trip to add to a ride to Echo Park or Harper's Corner. Those would be the main feature, but this ride is great.