Dinosaur National Monument

Utah's National Parks Map

Dinosaur National Monument is a 240,000-acre wilderness in northeastern Utah with very limited access via paved roads. There are many miles of dirt roads, which are not friendly to passenger cars.

The Green and Yampa Rivers wind through the Monument, carving immense canyons which are mainly seen from high overlooks or via certain access points used for launching river rafts. Rafting is a wonderful way to access parts of the Monument which have no road access.

The easiest way to visualize the public access to the park is to think of it as three separate park areas.

One is the Utah entrance and visitor center near Jensen. Here we can drive to the Dinosaur Quarry, Split Mountain and Island Park (via dirt road).

A second area of the park is called Canyon Country, and is accessed from another entrance with a visitor center near Dinosaur, Colorado. From the visitor center we can drive North via Harper’s Corner Road. This 38-mile paved road passes Plug Hat Butte, Echo Park and a number of other overlooks, culminating in the majestic Harper’s Corner overlook (one of the grandest views of the southwest).

Dinosaur National Monument Map

Dinosaur National Monument ~ Vernal, Utah

Dinosaur Quarry

Skeleton in Stone
Split Mountain Split Mountain
Island Park Island Park In Sun
Harper's Corner Harpers Corner Looking North

Plug Hat Butte

Plug Hat Butte
Echo Park

Sign for Echo Park

Yampa Bench Road Formation Seen From Yampa Bench Road
The Gates of Lodore Rafts Enter Gates

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