Yampa Bench Road

Dinosaur, Colorado 81610

Yampa Bench Road

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Like its neighboring road, Echo Park, Yampa Bench Road is worth the effort, and your time is well spent on this trip into the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. We decided that the road conditions may well depend on the time of year and whether a road grader has been through the area.

On the day of our drive, we found Yampa Bench Road to be in surprisingly good condition; it was only rough and rocky ascending Hells Canyon. The road parallels the Yampa River the entire way, quite high above it on the towering cliffs. There are five designated pullouts where you can park and wander out to the overlooks for some incredible views and beautiful photo opportunities. ROAD CONDITIONS: The road is unpaved and very rough in places, especially around Hells Canyon. It is best for four-wheel-drive or high-clearance vehicles. The road is impassable when wet."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
4 to 5 hours driving time, plus time to explore
Summer and fall; road impassable when wet
Dinosaur National Monument
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #220
Local Maps