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.
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.
Nikunj K. on Green River and Split Mountain Camp...
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.
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.
Marc W. on Plug Hat Trail
Nice picnic area with both asphalt and gravel trail. Restroom on site and AMAZING views.
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.