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Dinosaur closing roads for winter

Daily Press Staff

Dinosaur National Monument officials are preparing to transition into winter operations.

Monument superintendent Mary Risser said the park'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 winter to allow access to the Plug Hat parking area for snowmobile riders and cross-country skiers.

Cross-country skiing and snowmobile use are allowed on the closed portion of the road beyond Plug Hat Butte. Snowmobiles are not allowed off the road surface and may not go past the Echo Park Road turn-off, 21 miles north of Highway 40.

The Split Mountain campground on the Utah side of the Monument will remain open all winter. The campgrounds at Rainbow Park, Deerlodge and Echo Park remain open, but snowfall may prevent access to those campgrounds.

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