Join National Parks Traveler as we spend five days floating the Yampa River, the last undammed tributary of the Colorado River, through Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah.
Dinosaur National Monument
While mountain lions are magnificent animals, they can also be dangerous. That's why Dinosaur National Monument officials want visitors to know that there has been recent mountain lion activity in the Echo Park area, where a fresh kill was spotted July 22.
You really don't need any incentives beyond the spectacular beauty of Dinosaur National Monument's river corridors, fossils, and geology to convince yourself to visit this intriguing unit of the National Park System. But there are more incentives now that the park has added a variety of public programs from guided hikes and campground evening programs to the very popular Junior Ranger Program.
Spring has set in throughout the country, perennials are reappearing, if they haven't already started to bloom, and summer vacation for some could be just weeks away. If you need some suggestions on where to float in the National Park System, we have them.
Float in the wake of Major John Wesley Powell down one of West’s iconic rivers with the Traveler this July. For four days we’ll follow the meanders and crash the rapids of the Green River as it flows through Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.
Though remotely located in the mountains of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument goes through days when the air quality is almost as bad as you'd find in major metropolitan areas.
“Running on empty” unfortunately is a very apt description of the Colorado River Basin, which long has had its water overcommitted. Today, the vast watershed that stretches from the mountains of Colorado to the Gulf of California and helps nourish some 30 million residents in the Southwest and Mexico is mired in a long-running drought that threatens to dramatically recast the already-arid region.
With March typically one of the snowier months of the year in the Rocky Mountains, the coming summer float season on rivers through Dinosaur National Monument, Canyonlands National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park will be something to rave about.
Dinosaur National Monument's two rivers, the Yampa and the Green, should be justification enough to formally describe Dinosaur as a "national park;" they offer some of the best rafting in the West.