JENSEN, Utah — The Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah and part of Colorado is beginning to increase recreational access, opening monument roads and trails to visitors.
Park officials sent out a press release Monday afternoon discussing the phased reopening.
“The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis,” read the press release.
Beginning Wednesday, May 13, the monument will reopen access to all monument roads and trails. Restrooms will be limited, and access to drinking water will not be available.
Following guidance from the CDC and state and local health departments, Dinosaur National Monument is beginning to increase recreational access. Roads and trails will open on Wed May 13. Campgrounds and visitor centers remain closed. https://www.nps.gov/dino/learn/news/roadsandtrailsaccess.htm …
Visitors have been asked to plan ahead, and be self-sufficient.
Officials said the Quarry Exhibit Hall as well as all monument visitor centers, campgrounds, overnight backcountry travel, and river operations will remain closed.
“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount,” the press release continued.
Current Colorado guidelines only allows people to visit if the outdoor recreation is within their community, and is no further than 10 miles from their residence.
A return to full operations will continue to be phased as monument officials work with the NPS to evaluate park facilities and services for safety.
Visitors have been encouraged to follow local health orders including social distancing, avoiding crowding, wearing masks (if appropriate), and avoiding high-risk outdoor activities.