Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Fossils and many striking viewpoints.National Monument

Steamboat Rock from the Hapers Corner trail in the Dinosaur Ntl Monument, Colorado.
Steamboat Rock from Harpers Corner Trail courtesy NPS

How to get there:

The Visitor’s Center is located at the intersection of US 40/Harpers Corner Drive.

  • From Steamboat to V.C.
  • 127 miles 2 hr 20 mins
  • From Meeker to V.C.
  • 78 miles 1 hr 30 mins
  • GPS
  • Visitors Center
  • 40.2448 -108.9735

In General:Picnic AreaSeasonal Closure

A scenic, paved 32-mile road leads to the heart of Dinosaur National Monument’s canyon country. Several picnic areas and the trailheads of three hiking trails are located just off Harpers Corner Drive.

Photo Ops:

The Harpers Corner Scenic DriveScenic vistasPicnic Area

The last 12 miles include several striking viewpoints and overlooks, some as high as 2500 feet above the Green and Yampa rivers.

Harpers Corner TrailHikingScenic vistasFossils May Be Seen

  • Length: 2 mile RT
  • Elev gain: Unknown
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: min. 1 hour

At the end of the drive, this trail leads to a vista with nearly 300 degree views into Whirlpool, Lodore, and Yampa canyons. Early morning or evening light is especially dramatic for photo ops.

Echo Park Road4wd high clearance vehicle requiredCampgroundPetroglyphs May Be SeenScenic vistas

Can be accessed from Harpers Corner Road or Yampa Bench Road. This 13 mile road is steep with hairpin turns for the first several miles. The road ends at Echo Park which has a campground, boat launch, and hiking trails.

Yampa Bench Road4wd high clearance vehicle requiredScenic vistas

Can be accessed from either Echo Park Road at the west end or from Highway 40 at the east end. This road is for high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles and is the only road in the park that creates a loop drive.

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