Explore the most popular birding trails in Dinosaur National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is relatively easy but long, almost 9 miles round trip. If you are not a nature lover, the hike itself is not very exciting. However, the view at the end is literally breathtaking and worth the trip.

Bring sturdy, comfortable shoes since the trail is surprisingly rocky. A hat and plenty of water is a must since there is no shade for virtually most of the trail. Trail path is easy to follow for the most part but you lose it right at the end. Also lots of cow pies on the path, so watch your step.

Great hike! Trail was a little difficult to follow in the beginning as it winds in and out of a creek/waterway. Trail offered beautiful views. Started out around 6pm and caught the setting sun in a lot of photos.

Loved this hike. Not much of an elevation gain so its easy to keep on moving. View at the end is stunning, sat there for 2 hrs.

did this in the evening in april. we shared the trail with a handful of deer and wild life. my girls (9, 5, 4) loved it. beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

Been doing this since I was a kid. Easy hike to an amazing overlook!

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is not 7.8 miles as listed here nor 8 miles as listed on the description in the park. I clocked it at 8.7 roundtrip. The trail itself is uneventful until the very end, the view is AMAZING. There is zero shade until the last 2/3 of the trail as you descend slightly into juniper forest. Solitude is guaranteed. Easily the best trail in Dinosaur.

scenic driving
8 months ago

Driving it was one of the favorite days of my life.

hiking
8 months ago

Spectacular views of the Green River, Echo Park, and Yampa Bench. We watched a group of rafters make their way down the Green.

A hot tiring tails, but not too long that kids can make it, with a little encouragement. Took a 4,5,7 year old, and while we had lots of water breaks (bring lots!), they were able to keep going. Lots of hills.

Great View! Fairly easy hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Somewhat uneventful hike until you near the point. More like a 4.5/5 for this reason. Solitude and views from the point make it well worth it though. I plan to return to the area some day and I will be doing this hike a second time.

Did this trail with my 2 and 4 year old. There isn't much shade but overall it was a great trail for the little ones and very pretty

hiking
11 months ago

Great easy hike with outstanding views of the combined Green River to the west and Echo Park to the east. Some shade.

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.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

camping
Sunday, May 29, 2016

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.

on Plug Hat Trail

walking
Monday, October 20, 2014

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

hiking
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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.

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

scenic driving
Saturday, January 14, 2012

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.

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Easy walk displaying wonderful views and great photo opportunities. Good place to take kids and have a picnic.

hiking
Friday, January 13, 2012

The trail is easy and the reward at the end is spectacular! Take the time!

hiking
Monday, August 09, 2010

Great views of the Yampa and Green River Confluence.

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