Jones Hole Trail and Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery

Vernal, Utah

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Getting to the trailhead involves some driving, but don’t despair—the scenery en route to Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery is spectacular. The road winds up Diamond Mountain, which offers beautiful views and passes scattered ranches with acres and acres of sagebrush fields. Archaeologists have been able to determine from their finds that the shelter area probably was used for some 7,000 years by the Great Basin, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and the Northwestern Plains cultures. Few places like this exist. Furthermore, researchers were able to trace the progression of sophistication of these peoples from use of the spear to the atlatl to the bow and arrow. Occupancy of Deluge Shelter was between 5000 B.C. and A.D. 1850.
Dinosaur National Monument: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

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Dinosaur National Monument: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

by Bert and Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

Getting to the trailhead involves some driving, but don’t despair—the scenery en route to Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery is spectacular. The road winds up Diamond Mountain, which offers beautiful views and passes scattered ranches with acres and acres of sagebrush fields.

Archaeologists have been able to determine from their finds that the shelter area probably was used for some 7,000 years by the Great Basin, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and the Northwestern Plains cultures. Few places like this exist. Furthermore, researchers were able to trace the progression of sophistication of these peoples from use of the spear to the atlatl to the bow and arrow. Occupancy of Deluge Shelter was between 5000 B.C. and A.D. 1850.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vernal
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours minimum, plus 2-3 hours driving time
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Contacts: Dinosaur National Monument
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated #220
Driving Directions: Directions to Jones Hole Trail and Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery

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