Bull Canyon Trail

Trail descending into canyon surrounded by cliffs
The view down Bull Canyon rewards hikers with views of surrounding cliffs.

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Length
1½ mile one way / 3 miles round trip. Not a loop
Level of Difficulty
Difficult - Unmaintained Route
Trailhead Location
On the Yampa Bench Road, just east of Wagon Wheel Point Overlook, or from Harding Hole #1 campsite on the Yampa River.
Your Safety
Be prepared for desert hiking: Take a hat, sunscreen, and water. There is no shade on this trail.
Let someone know where you are going and when you are due back
Wear comfortable shoes, such as hiking boots or athletic shoes
This area is frequented by wildlife including black bears and mountain lions. Hike in groups.
Watch for cactus
Rules and Regulations
Pets are not allowed on this trail.
Carry out all trash
Collecting artifacts, fossils, plants, or other objects is prohibited
Do not feed or approach wildlife
There are steep drop offs and loose rocks along the trail. Use caution.
Description
CAUTION: Storm damage from August 2021 has altered and removed sections of the former trail. This unmaintained route contains several natural obstacles potential hikers must be prepared to navigate. This steep trail descends from the Yampa Bench Road to the Yampa River near the Harding Hole campsites. The trail provides dramatic views of Bull Canyon and the Yampa River. The Harding Hole campsites are reserved for river users during the high use season (see river rafting information). In the off-season, campsites are open to backpackers. River rafters can use the Bull Canyon Trail to access the sweeping views from Wagon Wheel Point. The National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map of Dinosaur National Monument is available from the park bookstore.
 
Colorful rock cliffs towering over short vegetation
Fall foliage mixes with the colorful cliffs along the Bull Canyon Trail.

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Last updated: December 15, 2021

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