Explore the most popular hiking 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.

16 days ago

We hiked this on Labor Day and it wasn't overly crowded. If you have the time I'd recommend going all the way to the Green River-- the scenery is gorgeous. I'd happily hike this again. It is a bit of a drive from Vernal but worth it for a mini adventure.

This trail offered some beautiful views. We were happy to find a trail that allowed our dog. Certainly were her out. all around great little hike.

A very nice little hike. Pick up the trail guide at the visitor center to learn about the rocks and plants along the way!

This is an amazing trail! The trail takes you to different fossil formations: clams, fish scales, and dinosaurs. There is an actual fossilized dinosaur femur embedded in the rock wall that you can touch. There’s also a vertebra about 20 or 30 feet up in the wall. The guide says 10 but it’s higher than that. There are also petroglyphs. The trail takes you from the Exhibit Wall to the Visitor’s Center. There’s a shuttle that takes you up to the Exhibit Wall so you’re just walking back to where you parked.

A pleasant hike back with fossils you can find yourself!

2 months ago

1-2 beautiful views. I’d recommend the sound of silence and desert voices 5.5 mike combo over this hike for views and serenity. This hike is good if you want something short and want to smell the river.

Do the sound of silence (hang a left when the trail splits) and go on river beds and in narrow drainages before ascending to a gorgeous view. Then keep left for the connector trail. Enjoy the natural splendor.

One of my favorite trails to hike! Adequate shade, can be hiked at any time of day. Well marked trail, tons of wildlife and the trail is pretty remote so there’s never a ton of traffic. The trail leads to Ely Falls, a great place to cool off before starting back. I highly recommend this trail for all ages!

Nice easy hike, downhill mostly from the exhibit hall back to the visitor center. Can touch a real dinosaur fossil. Interesting geology and neat scenary. Petroglyph wall too!

Trail begins on the north edge of the drop off zone for the Quarry Building. It runs about 2 miles back to the visitors center. You can ride the tram up to the quarry and take the trail back down to the visitors center. It's an easy hike, some stairs but that's about it. Marked fossils and deposits along the trail and some petroglyphs. As a family, we really enjoyed the trail. I'll post some pictures so everyone can see what this trail is like. Hopefully, it will help you make decisions about your trip to Dinosaur NM. Enjoy!

Easy peasy and worthwhile

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3 months ago

Easy hike along the Green River, beautiful views!

Short easy walk and super interesting, with lots of petroglyphs to discover!

Pretty good trail, fun for your family, nice beach at the end!

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4 months ago

If you are in the Vernal area and don't do this hike, you are missing out big time. Very well marked and maintained trail, with an interpretive guide available. The trailhead is clearly marked down the road from the Dinosaur National Monument visitor center. You can do a double loop with the Desert Voices trail using the 0.35 mile connector trail, which is clearly marked. If you do that, it will be 5.5 miles total. The scenery is wonderful. At interpretive marker 14 there is an option to climb up the rock if you are feeling adventurous. It is steep, but if you are wearing any kind of halfway decent shoes (no roller skates), you can make it. The one warning is that there is no shade, so I wouldn't do it midday in the summer.

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5 months ago

Our family loved this hike! We walked to the waterfall then to the river and back for a total of nearly 9 miles with a 9 and 12 year old who hike occasionally. Not a difficult trail and saw lots of wildlife! A herd of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, some deer, lizards, etc.
The views were amazing!
The petroglyphs were very near the main trail and easy to find.
The trail is nicely shaded most of the time.
Easiest way to get there is 500 North in Vernal - just follow the road east. Simple!

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5 months ago

Absolutely wonderful trail! If you do it clockwise it starts out walking down a dried up river channel and moves into more difficult terrain once you start going up the dirt canyons! If you're with a family you could do this first half but I would turn around here as the next few kilometers are challenging and not good for kids or inexperienced hikers. You do quite a bit of bouldering and the the trail gets really steep in some places! All the unique terrain in 3.5 miles makes this hike awesome! It would be very hot in warmer months, definitely bring water, sunscreen, and maybe a hat! Parking lot is pretty small and there aren't any trailhead facilities but there are some at the centers! It does cost $20 to get into the park however but it's worth it because there's so much more to explore!

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6 months ago

I wouldn't really call this a hike just a walk up. Great petroglyph

Spectacular. Lots and lots of petroglyphs. And a view out into the valley that is also fantastic. And to top off our visit, a family of 6 or 7 turkeys. Do not miss this 10-30 minute excursion.

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8 months ago

beautiful hike theough so many different mini ecosystems. went from red clay to bouldering to sand. great opportunities to climb megaliths for spectacular views. very clean trail.

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8 months ago

Stopped at the Visitor Center and hiked this enroute From Salt Lake to home.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Easy out and back day hike from the fish hatchery to the waterfall. Water is plentiful for filtering, but very cold for swimming. There really aren't swimming holes along the trail, but easy to dunk your body in the heat of the summer. We have seen bighorn sheep along the trail. Ride to the trail up Diamond Mountain is fantastic. Facilities at the trailhead including picnic tables and some sparse shade. Great place for a fly rod if you can make short casts.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Hiked this in early October 2017. I met one other couple during the entire hike! The hour drive from Vernal to the fish Hatchery trail head is a beautiful trip in itself.

There is one older composting toilet about 1.5 miles into the trail along with a couple of picnic tables. Otherwise I did not see any other facilities along the way. Use the public restroom to the northwest of the visitor parking lot before heading out.

Trail is consistently dirt until the sandy beach at the edge of the Green river. Well marked in all of the right places with mostly flat terrain. Came across some mule deer and several different birds, but did not see big horn sheep.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beautiful hike. Lots of shaded areas. Be sure to bring a camera. Some of the large rocks on the hike even have fossils visible on the top.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

We started this hike around 6 am. This was a beautiful hike...especially early in the morning. Loved all the red rock and the diversity in the trail as we hiked. Saw evidence of big horns, but no actual animals. There was minimal shade. I cant imagine doing this during the heat of the day. Highly recommend!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My husband and I did this trail toward the end of the day, and we saw like 2 more people. It was stunning. Great views, and the informational plaques were actually pretty cool and inspiring. It seems longer than 3 miles depending on when you do it.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Short walk. Well preserved petroglyphs.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ran this midday and it was pretty hot, but generally runable. Lots of terrain change from the river, to the dirt mounds to the up and downs of the bag before the big boulders at the end where you get the best views. Climbing fown the rock side was unique.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Loved the hike so beautiful...

on Sound of Silence Trail

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Close to 3.5 miles in total. Pretty easy. Can be hot. Bring water. Fine views and landscape changes. We saw a snake.

But If you have been to Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands or Arches, you might not rate this trail very high.

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