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Jones Hole Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vernal, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 692 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Dinosaur Quarry,: Drive 1 hour along the Brush Creek Road and Diamond Mountain Road to the Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery has parking, restrooms, and an information kiosk for your convenience.

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David Grigsby II
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Hiking

Small 12 ft waterfall is where we stopped. It was about 4.3 miles out and back. Pretty simple to follow and some hieroglyphs along the rock face.

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S Major
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jun 12 2020
Backpacking

Well marked trail. I went up passed Ely Falls and hiked around. It was a really cool area to explore. Lots of cool rock features. Looks like Island Park trail keeps going out of the bottom of the canyon. It was a weekend so the trail was pretty busy. Lots of rafters hiking up the trail and lots of fisherman and families hiking down the trail from the Fish Hatchery. If you are going to wilderness camp, you need a permit from Dinosaur National Monument. I was contacted by a Park Ranger (super friendly guy) while near the Green River. I hammock camped past Ely Falls. There were not tons of places that met my criteria (shade, close to water, not close to the trail etc) but enough places to find a good one relatively quickly.

Jan Crable
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Hiking

This trail is back open! Great walk, no real elevation change. Wonderful pictographs and petroglyphs. The second half of the trail is sunny so bring lots of water.

Stephanie Runs Through
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HikingBugsRocky

This was such a fun little trail. Started at the Fish Hatchery where we saw an Osprey and some turkey vultures. On the trail there were lots of neat plants, bugs, and petroglyphs. Great trail, easy for kids.

Jordan Evans
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Aug 12 2019
Hiking

We love hiking halfway down the trail to Eli Falls. Watch little ones around the waterfall! We have seen a rattle snake on the trail before so be aware and keep an eye out.

Mike Bodily
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Aug 09 2019
Backpacking

Started at the National Fish Hatchery and backpacked down to Ely Falls and just a little beyond that to set up camp. After setting up camp hiked all the way down to the Green River and back. Just a couple of notables. 1. You'd never expect it, the mosquitoes are just thick the entire duration of the trail. Make sure to have lots of repellent. 2. The water is plentiful, clear, and tasty. A water bottle and purifier are all you need. The rock art is beautiful, everything near the water is green and lush. It's a very scenic route, an oasis in a barren land.

Suzannah Armentrout
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 29 2019
Hiking

We started this trail from the river and probably went 5 miles round trip. It’s lovely!! The canyon was gorgeous, the pictographs were awesome and we found a couple amazing waterfalls to cool off in. Have fun!

Andy Kirby
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Hiking

This is a great hike for the family. We had a group of 8 from 7yrs to 50 years. We hiked in the middle of the day and would recommend starting earlier or in the evening to avoid the heat of the day. We stopped and cooled off at Ely Creek Waterfall and saw the petroglyphs. We also cooled off in the creek down by the Green River. The grade is steady and not to steep. Definitely prepare for mosquitos! We were eaten alive even though we sprayed several times.

Sam G
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jul 05 2019
Hiking

We anticipated a great hike and it exceeded expectations! What a great creek/river to follow down to the BIG river at the end. The last third or so the trail opens up away from the creek and into the open of the 'uuuuuge expansive canyon floor which is just an incredible feeling to step out into and walk through. Butt crack falls is a must stop hidden gem. Bunch of folks coming opposite direction up from the big river as part of rafting trips. It'll have you jonesin

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Russ De Somer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun May 19 2019
Hiking

Very nice trail! Waterfall is pretty! Mileage on signs are wrong! The waterfall on Ely trail is only .2 miles in from the trail and the petroglyphs are not really marked. We did find them and they are pretty cool!

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Tarrah Patch
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon May 13 2019
Hiking

Great trail and lovely hike. Went to River and saw lots of wild flowers and wild life. Fish hatchery was a added bonus to the day. Ely falls is really cool. If you have smaller kids I would recommend just hiking to that point.

Carrie Johnson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon May 13 2019
Hiking

Awesome hike with kids. Easy to follow path, cute little waterfall. Good photo ops along the way. We chose not to hike all the way to the Green River this time. We just hiked to the waterfall and back. The water fall is a half mile off the main trailhead and about two miles into the hike. Kids had a blast cooling off at the waterfall. They also really enjoyed the fish hatchery before we hiked.

Julie M
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Sep 29 2018

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.

Michael Greene
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 14 2018

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!

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

Kristin S.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon May 14 2018
Hiking

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!

Travis Carroll
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed Oct 11 2017
Hiking

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.

Audrey Peebles
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Oct 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.

Jennifer Erwin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Aug 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.

Lisa Sprunt Hamby
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Loved the hike so beautiful...

Rat Waffles
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Hiking

This was a great hike, although the location is pretty remote. Dirt road leading to location has several miles of heavy switchbacks at a 10% grade, but it is passable with a passenger car. On a Friday hike, we saw very few people north of Ely, but two large groups south of the falls. Fishermen came later in the day, but overall the trail was not crowded but there was some traffic. We started at the fish hatchery, and our hike included the side trail to the petroglyphs and two visits to Ely Falls (aka Butt Dam Falls). The majority of the hike is shady, although south of Ely you will hit some wide open spots. Jones Hole stream is from a spring, and is crystal clear. The stream is very scenic, and the cliffs rising on each side provide some good photo opportunities. We saw a variety of birds, small mammals, and a couple small snakes, but no sheep or bears. The path to the petroglyphs is well-marked. The side trail goes along the cliff face only a few hundred feet from the main trail. There are several squiggles that a river guide passing by told his group were symbolic of fish nets, but there are some other more interesting glyphs as well. The glyph trail merges back into the main trail just north of the path to Ely Falls. The sign to Ely Falls trail says it's half a mile, but I would guess that is for the round trip. It is a very short trail that brings you right underneath the falls. There are two tables just south of the trailhead for picnicers, or plenty of room at the top of the falls for a snack. The trail goes beyond the falls as well, but we turned back after a short walk down it so I'm not sure how far it goes.

Mitch Mitch Migliori
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jul 07 2016
Hiking

for those fishing it is a stream no large fish but lots of little and fun. The trail is easy with lots to see. my kids love to hike it. lots of mosquitoes and few harmless snakes.

Josh Fenio
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Backpacking

Excellent, easy backpacking trip that's beautiful in spring. The fishing looks great as well (I didn't get a chance to fish because I forgot my pole). Lots of wildlife and great side trails. I wrote a report here: https://backpackingnerd.com/2016/05/02/jones-hole/

Richard Peters
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon May 04 2015

just hiked 5-2-2015 great trail and lots of trout in the creek. just look in the water and you'll see 20 to 24 inch trout. the trail is a very easy hike, just remember to bring lots of water. we saw and photographed about 20 big horns from about 15 feet. never have I been closer, not even in a zoo! highly recommend this hike.

John Meyers
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Jones hole is not good for fly fishing. The fish are way to small... if you like catching Twinkies go fish there.

Myke Weber
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jan 14 2012
Hiking

I've hiked this trail seven or eight times. I've taken my Scout Troop over it four times. It is best done in the Fall. Spring is good too, though the weather is more unpredictable. My preference is to start at the Island Park end. The trail head is at the old Ruple Ranch. The BLM has maps. Drive 30 miles from Vernal, mostly dirt road. We hike to Ely Creek where we reserve the campsite through Dinosaur National Monument. That's is eight miles. We spend the night there. Then we hike two miles out on the Jones Hole Trail to the Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery, where we have someone pick us up. If you go in the Summer, go early because the central portion of the trail is in the open and gets hot. Take plenty of water. The trail is braided in some spots and a bit faint in others. Be proficient in map and compass or better yet take a good GPS.

Myke Weber
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jan 13 2012

Jones Hole is one of my favorite places on the planet! The deep canyon affords breathtaking views at every turn. The trail is well established and easy to hike. I like to fly fish Jones Creek and use the trail year-round. My most recent trip was on December 30, 2011. There was about 4" of snow and we hiked all the way to the Green River where we caught monster rainbows in the fast water of the Green. A mile of our trip the trail had been broken by a cougar. The creek is spring fed and never freezes. In the hot summer months a dip in the creek or a "Power Shower" at Ely Creek Falls is a must. (Plug off the creek at the top with somebody's derriere while the showerer approaches for a deluge below! Great fun! Hang on to your shorts!). Ely Creek is a small tributary of Jones Creek which enters the larger stream about two miles from the trail-head. The water fall is about a half mile up Ely Creek. This trail, too, is well groomed and is an addition to the four miles mentioned. Further exploration up Ely Canyon into the Labyrinth is great fun. There are pictographs and petroglyphs near the trail. Don't miss a tour of the Fish Hatchery. The trail ends at the river making it an eight mile round trip to cover the entire trail. Big Horn Sheep frequent the canyon. If you're lucky you might see a big "curl horn." Rafters use the campground at the Green River in the Summer. One small camp site is available at the confluence of Jones and Ely Creeks. This can be reserved by contacting Dinosaur National Monument at 435-781-7700. Remember, this campsite is 2.2 miles from the trail-head.

Myke Weber
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Dec 29 2011
Hiking

Jones Creek is entirely spring fed. It runs from the spring (Jones Hole Fish Hatchery) four miles to the Green River. The water temperature is constant all year making it an excellent fishery. Access by road from Vernal or by rafting the Green River.

Tyler Aldridge
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Hiking
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