Echo Park Road

Dinosaur National Monument, Utah

Elevation Gain2,855ft
Trailhead Elevation5,578ft
Elevation Min/Max5569/7570ft
Elevation Start/End5578/5578ft

Echo Park Road

Echo Park Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Colorado and Utah. It is within Dinosaur National Monument. It is 7.5 miles long and begins at 5,578 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,855 feet.

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Dinosaur National Monument: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors (Falcon Guides)
Bert and Jane Gildart
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"From its description this road sounds a bit ominous. Generally, however, it’s not that rough, and it is spectacular scenically and historically. It is also one of the few roads in the monument from which the Green and Yampa Rivers can be accessed and their shores explored on foot. Sometimes rafters use the road as a takeout from the Green River. With a permit, others use it as a river put-in point for multiday river trips only. If you drive slowly, Echo Park Road becomes another backcountry adventure. Note the monument sign at the entrance to the road cautioning PASSENGER CARS NOT ADVISED. NO TRAILERS. IMPASSABLE WHEN WET. If you disregard the cautionary sign, the road could become a real adventure—there are steep switchbacks for the first 2 miles. ROAD CONDITIONS: Poor (rutted) dirt/gravel road. Best for four-wheel-drive or high-clearance vehicles. The road is impassable when wet and is often closed under these conditions. It is open only in summer and fall." Read more

Echo Park Road Reviews

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Took an OLD chrysler sebring to the campground yesterday (June 3). No issues, but lots of small ditches accross the road that would swallow you if you forgot to drive slow. Take the ditches at an angle and pull over in a wide spot if you see someone coming the other way. Rain would be a different story. Huge potential for flash flooding and the couple of miles near the highway is all clay with lots of switchbacks. Might not be able to go back up with a heavy recent rain. So watch the weather report. I didn't need the tent fly on and had no mosquitoes bugging me while hiking- didn't use repellant at all. Absolutely spectacular scenery. Well worth the drive.
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Echo Park Road: truly would be horrible with significant rain. Sand Canyon would also be quite dangerous in flash flood conditions, as the road crosses the drainage more than a dozen times. One would be safe at the Echo Park Campground. That said, the drive up and down is spectacular, and the EP area is wonderful. We had a lovely camp (no mosquitoes, although we heard they were bad earlier in the summer). We did the hike to Mitten Park and back, taking a leisurely 4 hours to have lunch, search for rock art, etc. The rock art on the trail (about .3-.5mi from EP) is very good quality. Some maps show a Mantle Cave, but we did not have good topos to this location and did not find it. The road to EP goes right by Whispering Cave, highly recommended. One can squeeze a long way up to the right in the cave, which is delightfully cool. At low water, one can wade out to the large sand island at the raft launch--refreshing. Good tap water year round at the CG.

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Trail Information

Dinosaur National Monument
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Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
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Trails Illustrated #220
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Dec 2018