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Great drive. Varied landscape. Leads to many hike opportunities. Did in my many trips to Salt Lake. Each year I would new routes off of the interstate.

mild walk, no elevation change. dog friendly and beautiful Petroglyphs everywhere

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

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.

I love this trail great downhill and easy climbs.

4 months ago

Amazing!! Road and trail are not well marked, so I uploaded pictures to follow, but wow when you get there it's SOOO worth it! No one else was there, it was private and just incredible. May or may not have encountered a puma...but just keep an eye out while hiking

4 months ago

Great little hike, and road to trailhead is excellent. Easy access with a 2 wheel drive car.

Easy hike that leads to an amazing site!

trail running
4 months ago

Very nice trail, Just nice and easy along the river and the road. If you want to see the flukes but don't want to run 14-17 miles just drive up the road until the fork, take the left fork and there's access to the trail about 1.5 miles from the flumes.

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.

Stunning views. You can't see many tracks anymore but it is still well worth the hike.

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!

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.

This is a great hike to start a day! Absolutely beautiful in the morning when the sun is just coming up.
Trailhead and trail are not marked, and can be difficult to find, but that makes this hike great because it is not crowded.

Great Hike! Brought my daughter and we had a great time. I also recommend the Three Kings Hike!

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.

trail running
6 months ago

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.

Great place to take people that can't or don't want to walk far amazing petroglyphs I'd recommend not touching the petroglyphs because the oils on your fingers can wear out the petroglyphs the have waters tshirts and pop all on a trust system

6 months ago

Not really hard, lots of tree cover.

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