Gates of Lodore Trail

Maybell, Colorado 81640

Gates of Lodore Trail

Gates of Lodore Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Lodore was the first major canyon encountered by John Wesley Powell and his men on their 1869 expedition (see Sidebar). It begins as the Green River departs Brown’s Park in the northwest corner of Colorado, then carves its way through the Uinta Mountains in the southern portion of the Wyoming Basin."

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Hiking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug, Revised by Sandy Heise
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"Gates of Lodore Nature Trail takes you through semidesert shrubland to a viewpoint near the Gates of Lodore. Here the Green River cuts through the Uinta Mountains, creating the Canyon of the Lodore, a spectacular gorge with towering 2,000-foot vermilion cliffs. Take time to read the nature trail guide. Then sit for a while on the sandstone, looking down the canyon. Listen to the breeze and the crickets, and watch the dragonflies. Look for raptors soaring above. Think back to the time when John Wesley Powell passed here in 1869, at the beginning of his first journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon."
Dinosaur National Monument: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors (Falcon Guides)
Bert and Jane Gildart
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"This short, easy hike takes you above the Green River, which is flowing somewhat placidly here out of the Browns Park area. You can walk to the beginning of the Canyon of Lodore, where river runners are abruptly thrust into the riffles and rapids of this incredibly beautiful, rugged area. The hike is intended to introduce visitors to the red cliffs of the canyon and the flora and fauna of the area. You’ll see an abundance of cheatgrass here, a nonnative invasive grass that most animals cannot eat. Lichen cover the rocks. Since lichen are sensitive to air pollution, the brighter the colors the cleaner the air. So far, pollution evidently hasn’t taken hold here. Another amazing phenomenon is that you are actually standing on the Uinta Mountain Group, which comprises some of the oldest rocks in the monument. Because the geology here is complex but fascinating, we suggest purchasing a book or pamphlet on Dinosaur’s rocks. The Green River cut right across the mountains here and carved out the Canyon of Lodore. Utah juniper trees grow here as well as some piñon pine. Plants such as black greasewood, saltbush, and sagebrush also do well."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
433 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-1.5 hours
Dinosaur National Monument, 4545 E Hwy. 40, Dinosaur, CO 81610, (970) 3743000 (Phone manned only in summer);
Local Contacts
Map MRC: 40108G8; Canyon of Lodore North, CO Map MRC: 40108F8; Dinosaur National Monument Map
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