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.

Easy, well-marked trail with great scenery.

Easy hike with rewarding high views of Dinosaur National Park. I would advise a bit of caution if you're not good with heights, but most of the drop off areas have railing for protection. I encourage you to get a pamphlet at the trailhead if one is available, they hold interesting information about what you will be seeing at the numbered trail markers along the way.

on Ruple Point Trail

2 months ago

While the trail to get there is uneventful, the view at the end is ridiculously awesome. The trail is exposed, but barely any incline.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was exactly as billed. Yes a long but mostly scenic drive (with several overlooks to stop) from the highway. The trail is worth it. Easy hiking with some simple inclines. Some shade depending on time of day. Lovely trees. And great views starting after marker 4. The $1 guide is interesting especially for a family. Saw a mule deer on the drive. Could be combined with a drive to the Echo Park campground for the below view.

hiking
2 months ago

Best trail, super easy and best reward even compared to some peaks I’ve hiked. Someone...was returning from beyond the fence when I got to the end, said it stayed pretty wide and sturdy for a while longer with MUCH better panoramic views of the rivers

Thoroughly pleasant. Recommend tying in would the sound of silence trail (desert voices second)

hiking
2 months ago

Holy smokes! The views of the Green River to the west and Echo Park to the east are breathtaking. Seeing steamboat and Jenny Lind rock from this vantage point really gives you such perspective (especially if you take the precarious drive down to Echo). You are high up on the mesa/cliffs- there are extremely steep slopes on both sides of the trail as you head out to the the overlook area (that section is fenced). You would want to take precautions and keep a close watch if you have younger children with you. I did this trail in mid-July, temperature was around 98-99 that day and I felt it with every step. I think the trail would be fairly easy if it wasn't such a scorcher. I took my 7-year old (the heat really bothered her), a 12-year old but for the most part they managed with little difficulty. It's a long drive to get to the trail head, but so worth it. The views!!

The trail actually goes further than this map shows. Go to the end for an amazing view! Total length = 9 miles, with mile 4-5 being somewhat steep and in trees!

It’s a long drive to get to the trailhead, but this trail is very much worth it. I took my 6 year old (along with a husband, 10 & 13 years olds too), and he handled it easily. Lots of photo opps, it has lots of stunning views! Well worth the drive in!

Great hike, gorgeous overlook at the end. You walk along a ridge with great views of two beautiful canyons to your left and right. Definately worth the drive and hike. Some sections are very steep, you may want to hold on to small children, especially near the end. Went in the morning and didn't see any other hikers till the return trip at about 10 AM.

Pearl sweet

hiking
4 months ago

For such an easy hike, it has the most amazing views!! It's certainly worth the drive there!

hiking
4 months ago

Fun, some nice views. Very much high desert. I did the whole hike in about 4 hours, ground hogs and giant Turkey Vultures.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Saw it again. I don't usually do double completions but somehow I deleted out my first one.

Hiked with Matt Tomlinson. Nice, well maintained trail. We watched a storm roll in.

This trail connects up with the slightly more scenic Sounds of Silence trail, which has its own reviews on the AllTrails website. If you do both loops, it will be a not terribly strenuous 5.5 miles. I did the loop using the connector from the Sounds of Silence trail and did not go all the way down to the Split Mountain Campground. Very well maintained and marked trail with many informational signs posted along the way, most of which suggest that conservation and protecting the wilderness is a good thing. I'm down with that.

hiking
5 months 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 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
Saturday, September 02, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Great View! Fairly easy hike.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

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
Friday, May 26, 2017

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.

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