Superintendent Marry Risser announced that Dinosaur National Monument's Harpers Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur, on U.S. Highway 40 and runs 31 miles north into the monument, will close Jan. 1.
The first five miles of the road up to Plug Hat Butte will remain open and plowed throughout the winter to allow public access to the Plug Hat parking area for snowmobile and cross-country ski enthusiasts. The road closure entails locking two gates on the Harpers Corner Road above and below Moffat County Road 16 and the gate at Plug Hat Butte picnic area.
Cross-country skiing and snowmobile use is allowed on the closed portion of the road above Plug Hat Butte.
The Canyon Area Visitor Center is closed until March 1. The temporary visitor contact area near Jensen, Utah, is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the winter except for New Year's Day.