Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Denver, Colorado
Dinosaur Nat'l. Monument - fine sand!
I'm back from my trip to Dinosaur Nat'l. Monument and the Moab area, and between the two, I really have to recommend Echo Park, in Dinosaur N.M. for both the ride down the canyon and for the excellent camping. It's a little out of the way, not too busy or touristy (like Moab), and one of the rangers working there is super cute. (There's something attractive about a woman in a Forest Service uniform...)
- The ride down to Echo Park is just like going down the grand canyon; it is about 14 miles of red stone trail with hairpin turns, steep drops, and some of the finest sand I've ever seen - it was as fine as baby powder, and slick as grease. Along the way there are a couple of easy water crossings, lots of petroglyphs, and even a few historic cabins, but be warned - the road is impassable if it has been raining, due to the (greasy) sand.
- Camping down in Echo Park is at a semi-developed campsite (i.e., they have a pit toilet and water) which is a value at $10/night, but the best things about it are the echoing canyon walls, the petroglyphs, and the confluence of the Yampa river (muddy) and the Green river (clear). I left the campsite at dawn and there were so many different shades of red and orange as I was ascending the canyon, it hurt my eyes.
In short, I highly recommend Dinosaur N.M. to anyone coming out to north-western Colorado or eastern Utah, as it's both a solid back-county ride and a real trip back in time.