Jones Hole Trail

Vernal, Utah 84078

Jones Hole Trail

Jones Hole Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Jones Hole Trail Reviews

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5/5/2009
Terrific trail. Take the Ely Creek to waterfall and see petroglyphs as well. Saw Bighorn sheep and dozens of bird species.
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8/24/2006
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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Trail Information

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

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Jul 2018