Jones Hole Trail

Vernal, Utah

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Jones Hole is the name given to a 2,000-foot-deep gorge that runs along the border between Utah and Colorado in Dinosaur National Monument. Jones Hole Creek, in the bottom of the gorge, is fed from a number of small springs at the head of the canyon and along its sides. The trail begins just below the first spring, at the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery, and winds pleasantly along the creek for about four miles to join the Green River in Whirlpool Canyon. The creek bed is a lush green oasis surrounded by the semiarid land of Dinosaur National Monument. At times the trail climbs away from the water into the sagebrush and pinion-juniper forest that surrounds it, but mostly it stays very close to the canyon floor where boxelders, cottonwoods, and other water-hungry trees prevail. The creek is also an important source of water for the monument’s wildlife, and it is not uncommon to see deer-especially in the early hours of the day.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

Jones Hole is the name given to a 2,000-foot-deep gorge that runs along the border between Utah and Colorado in Dinosaur National Monument. Jones Hole Creek, in the bottom of the gorge, is fed from a number of small springs at the head of the canyon and along its sides. The trail begins just below the first spring, at the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery, and winds pleasantly along the creek for about four miles to join the Green River in Whirlpool Canyon.

The creek bed is a lush green oasis surrounded by the semiarid land of Dinosaur National Monument. At times the trail climbs away from the water into the sagebrush and pinion-juniper forest that surrounds it, but mostly it stays very close to the canyon floor where boxelders, cottonwoods, and other water-hungry trees prevail. The creek is also an important source of water for the monument’s wildlife, and it is not uncommon to see deer-especially in the early hours of the day.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vernal
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4.75 hours
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,560 feet
Top Elevation: 5,560 feet
Local Contacts: Dinosaur National Monument
Local Maps: Jones Hole (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Jones Hole Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/5/2009
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Terrific trail. Take the Ely Creek to waterfall and see petroglyphs as well. Saw Bighorn sheep and dozens of bird species.


8/24/2006
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Excellent trail. We did it 8.24.06: despite usual hot august temps, the trail is shady and close to the refrigerating effects of Jones Creek, so nice and cool. Very easy trail; no technical difficulties. Highly recommended is a side jaunt up Ely Creek, at least as far (1/4mile or so) to the lovely waterfall. We got very close to a herd of bighorn sheep (mostly ewes and youngsters).



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