Monday, May 31, 2010
JOSSIE MORRIS CABIN
It is fun to see her dirt floor cabin, chicken coop, and ranch. There are a few picnic table to enjoy lunch there.
Before visiting, it is recommended that you buy the "Tour of the Tilted Rocks" booklet at the park visitor center, where you can read more about the homestead and see a map.
BOX CANYON TRAIL
DESCRIPTION: Jossie Morris raised pigs up this sandstone canyon.
MILEAGE: 1/4 mile each way.
The easy trail ends, and offers difficult scrambling further up the canyon.
HIKE TIME: 1/2 hour
RESTROOMS are available at the parking area, 11 1/2 miles east of temporary visitor center.
HOG CANYON TRAIL
DESCRIPTION: Jossie Morris raised hogs here. Beware of poison ivy.
Also, because this area is moist, we recommend bug spray.
MILEAGE: 3/4 miles each way.
HIKE TIME: 1 hour
RATINGS: Newbies, kids will love up it. Make sure they don't pick wildflowers.
DESCRIPTION: This is a graded dirt road, that leads down to the Echo Park boat ramp and campground. Even though it is recommended for 4 x 4 vehicles, as long as it isn't wet, a regular vehicle with good clearance can make this road. Allow 1/2 day to enjoy this area.
TRAIL GUIDE BOOK: Exploring Dinosaur National Monument
Falcon Press, ISBN 0-7627-1093-4
PLACES WE VISITED
- Whispering Cave
- Echo Park Campground, from site 11, view petroglyph
- Visit boat launch. If you have time, there is "Mitten trail."
- Chew Ranch.
- Petroglyphs on a sandstone wall.
If you enjoy Grand Canyon views, you'll love this one.
DESCRIPTION: This trail is at the end of the "Harpers Corner Scenic Drive." The trail leads to a fenced in overlook and is similar to a Dead Horse Point overlook. You can see Echo Park, Green River, and jeep roads below.
DIRECTIONS: About 32 miles from park visitor center.
HIKE TIME: 1 1/2 hours
MILEAGE: 1 mile each way
RATINGS: Newbies, with exposure! Watch your kids.
RESTROOMS are available.
PICNIC area available.
GEAR: Take water, snacks, camera and a jacket.
DESCRIPTION: Enjoy a short walk on a paved trail, with nature signs. Make sure you buy a "Harpers Corner Scenic Drive" booklet before taking the auto tour or you'll miss out.
HIKE TIME: 15 minutes
RATINGS: Newbies, kids will love it. Beware of exposure.
MILEAGE: 1/4 mile loop
DIRECTIONS: About 5 miles north of Dinosaur, Colorado Monument Visitor Center, on the right side of the road. Look for marker 5.
DESCRIPTION: A wonderful nature trail, beginning at the Split Mountain boat ramp parking area. The trail features nature signs, describing wildflowers, plants, animals, rock formations and environment. The trail winds through washes, climbs up hills, goes around bolders, and makes a loop. This trail also has an 1/2 mile connector route to the "Sounds of Silence" trail.
MILEAGE: 2 miles, 500' elevation gain
RATINGS: Moderate, kids will enjoy this hike.
HIKE TIME: Allow 2 hours.
EVENING HIKES: Make sure you take a flashlight.
DESCRIPTION: The trail is sometimes is hard to follow. Look for the round markers on the ground. They have arrows pointing to formations with different names. It is up to your imagination to find each formation.
DRIVE TIME is about 45 minutes from Vernal
MILEAGE: .6 miles
RATINGS: Newbies with some climbing.
HIKE TIME about 30 minutes.
RESTROOMS are available at the park.
NO FEES ~ free BLM area.
Download driving directions & map of formations!
- MEETING PLACE ~Don Hatch in Vernal, Utah
- Bus Ride to Rainbow Park
- Hike to petroglyphs
- Boarded rafts at Rainbow Park
- Lunch on a beach
- Hike to Butch Cassidy's Cave
- Ending at Split Mountain Campground
This is a 9 mile river trip, traveling through a series of rapids, between Split Mountain Gorge. Our bus left 9am and we returned after 2pm.SPLIT MOUNTAIN RAFTING
Highlights of one the best campouts ever!
- SPLIT MOUNTAIN GORGE ~ white water rafting adventure
- BUTCH CASSIDY CAVE on the river
- FANTASY CANYON ~ hiking & exploring
- DESERT VOICES ~ nature trail
- SPLIT MOUNTAIN CAMPING near the Green River
- DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT ~ Visitor centers in Utah & Colorado
- HARPER CORNER AUTO TOUR ~ "Journey Through Time"
- PLUG HAT TRAIL
- CANYON & IRON SPRINGS OVERLOOKS
- HARPER CORNER ~ hiking adventure
- PICNIC at ECHO PARK OVERLOOK
- ECHO PARK TOUR ~ dirt road
- WHISPERING CAVE
- ECHO PARK CAMPGROUND ~ petroglyph
- YAMPA & GREEN RIVERS
- CHEW RANCH
- ISLAND PARK OVERLOOK
- CAMPFIRE ~ meal, fellowship & prayer
- JOSSIE MORRIS CABIN
- BOX CANYON ~ hiking adventure
- HOG CANYON ~ hiking adventure
- PICNIC at the cabin
Dinosaur National Monument Free entrance to the park in 2010!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
DESCRIPTION: From the 29th Street trailhead, go up to the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Turn left, and follow the trail to a spring. Turn right and head up the shoreline trail to a rock overlook. From there go to Waterfall Canyon up to the falls. And return the shorter way back.
RATINGS: Moderate, 900' elevation gain.
MILEAGE: 2 miles to the falls, & 1.4 miles back to parking lot.
HIKE TIME: Allow 3 1/2 hours to have a fun time.
KID FRIENDLY: Most kids can make this hike if you take your time.
TRAILHEAD: 29th Street in Ogden by the foothills.
DOGS are allowed if on leash.
NO RESTROOMS. Visit a gas station, coffee shop or grocery store.
DRIVE TIME from SLC: Allow 1 hour 15 minutes to drive through construction, use restrooms and reach trailhead.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
DESCRIPTION: A great trail to hike in Spring. It's dry and snow free! From the Bonneville Shoreline, there are several ways to reach the summit. The best trail is going up on the south side of George's Hollow. This trail forks with the Living Room trail, if you want to take a break. At the summit you'll find a red observation tower and two structures that remind you of movie screens. The loop hike down begins at the movie screens and follows the ridge line almost to the bottom. This section is steep, with loose rocks on the trail, and is similar to the Mount Olympus trail. Before climbing the last hill, you take a trail down to main trail in George's Hollow.MILEAGE: 3.6 miles loop
RATINGS: Intermediate, 2100 elevation gain.
PARK on Colorow Drive near the Bonneville Shoreline trailhead
GOOGLE MAP: "Wakara Way, Colorow Drive, Salt Lake City, UT"
HIKE TIME: Allow 3 or 4 hours to enjoy the hike
DOGS: are allowed on the trail. Make sure you bring water for you pet.