Mountains are split by the Green River, and a perfect example can be seen at Split Mountain in Dinosaur National Monument. Patrick Cone captured this shot earlier this month.
Dinosaur National Monument
“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.
One of the most exciting and intriguing ways to experience Dinosaur National Monument is from a raft floating down either the Green or Yampa rivers as they course through this magnificent landscape. And if you want to land a permit for a private float trip, the Park Service is making it a tad bit easier by moving the application process online.
Got a large, extended family, or a great group of friends you like to hang out with? Act now and you can all go on a river trip through Dinosaur National Monument next year at a special rate.
Dinosaur National Monument rangers and visitors will be looking to the heavens this weekend, as a special star-gazing program is held at the park's Quarry Visitor Center.
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