Person standing among widely colored rock layers
A hiker explores the colorful rock layers on the Utah side of the monument.

NPS/Jacob W. Frank


Hiking in Dinosaur is an excellent way to appreciate the park's scenery and rugged landscape. The most popular trails begin near the visitor centers and the two paved tour roads. Other trails begin at more remote locations.

Remember that you are in the desert! Bring plenty of water, a good sun hat and sunscreen. Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you are due back, especially if you are hiking in a remote area. Pets are not allowed on most trails or in the backcountry. Please make arrangements for your pets before planning to hike within the monument.

Quarry and Cub Creek Area Trails (Utah Portion of the Monument)
Fossil Discovery Trail (1.2 miles) River Trail (2 miles)
Sound of Silence Trail (3 miles) Box Canyon Trail (½ mile)
Desert Voices Trail (1½ miles) Hog Canyon Trail (1½ miles)
Harpers Corner Road Area Trails (Colorado Portion of the Monument)
Plug Hat Trail (¼ mile - accessible) Harpers Corner Trail (1½ miles)
Ruple Point Trail (4¾ miles)
Echo Park Area
Mitten Park Trail (3 miles - unmaintained)
Remote Trails
Bull Canyon Trail (1.5 miles) Gates of Lodore Trail (¾ mile)
Island Park Trail (8 miles) Jones Hole Trail (4¼ miles)

Off-trail hiking
Unlike many national park areas, off trail hiking is permitted in Dinosaur National Monument. Off trail hiking is a great way to experience some of Dinosaur's most remote and spectacular scenery, but you need to have both the skills and equipment to do this safely. You should also practice Leave No Trace techniques to minimize your impact to the land when hiking off trail. More information…


More Information

Last updated: June 15, 2022

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur , CO 81610


435 781-7700

Contact Us

Stay Connected