Ruple Point Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Ruple Point Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Vernal, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.7 miles
600 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



no shade

Directions from Dinosaur: Take US Hwy. 40 2 miles east of Dinosaur, CO. Turn left on Harper's Corner Rd and the Dinosaur National Monument Headquarters. Follow this past Echo park Rd to Island Park Overlook where the trailhead is located.

4 days 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.

28 days ago

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!

2 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

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.

10 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.

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.

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.

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