Desert Voices Trail

Red clay trail with mountain in the background
The Desert Voices Trail winds its way through colorful formations and layers of tilted rocks.


1½ mile round trip. A ¼ mile connector trail allows you to combine this with the Sound of Silence loop for an even longer hike.
Level of Difficulty
Moderate. Elevation change is approximately 300 feet.
Trailhead Location
Split Mountain Boat Ramp, approximately 4 miles east of the Quarry Visitor Center
Your Safety
Be prepared for desert hiking: Take a hat, sunscreen, and water
Let someone know where you are going and when you are due back
Wear comfortable shoes, such as hiking boots or athletic shoes. Open-toed shoes are not recommended
Watch for wildlife
Rules and Regulations
Pets are not allowed on this trail or in the monument's backcountry
Carry out all trash
Collecting artifacts, fossils, plants, or other objects is prohibited
Do not feed or approach wildlife
The Desert Voices Trail offers spectacular views of Split Mountain and several adjacent rock layers. Trail signs describe the area's geology and ecology. There are also many signs that were written and drawn by children for children. The National Geographic Trails Illustrated map of Dinosaur National Monument is available from the park bookstore.
trail map
Map for the Desert Voices and Sound of Silence trails.

Last updated: August 15, 2016

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