Jones Hole Trail and Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery

Vernal, Utah 84078

Jones Hole Trail and Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery

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"Getting to the trailhead involves some driving, but don’t despair—the scenery en route to Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery is spectacular. The road winds up Diamond Mountain, which offers beautiful views and passes scattered ranches with acres and acres of sagebrush fields.

Archaeologists have been able to determine from their finds that the shelter area probably was used for some 7,000 years by the Great Basin, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and the Northwestern Plains cultures. Few places like this exist. Furthermore, researchers were able to trace the progression of sophistication of these peoples from use of the spear to the atlatl to the bow and arrow. Occupancy of Deluge Shelter was between 5000 B.C. and A.D. 1850."

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100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"Jones Hole is in Dinosaur National Monument, a fascinating place in itself. The Jones Hole Trail winds alongside Jones Hole Creek through a 2000-foot-deep river canyon, eventually depositing you at the confluence with the Green River. The creek originates from a limestone spring, its ?owing waters etching the canyon with deep, curving strokes over millions of years and creating what is today a very nice hike." Read more
Hiking Utah (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert
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"A moderate day hike or overnighter in Dinosaur National Monument. The Jones Hole Trail follows the clear, spring-fed waters of its namesake creek in a deep, scenic canyon. Special attractions include trout fishing and prehistoric Indian rock art. You won’t see any dinosaur bones in Jones Hole, but you will see country typical of the rest of Dinosaur National Monument—deep, sheer-walled canyons etched into the high plateaus at the eastern end of the Uinta Mountains. Jones Hole Creek, rushing from limestone springs to join the Green River, has carved a gorge more than half a mile deep." Read more
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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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." Read more

Jones Hole Trail and Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery 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
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours minimum, plus 2-3 hours driving time
Duration
Best in spring and fall
Season
Dinosaur National Monument
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #220
Local Maps

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Dec 2018