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Craig briefs: Hours at monument changed due to weather

The arrival of winter at Dinosaur National Monument brings changes to visitor access in some areas, according to a news release.

In Utah, roads around the Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall are maintained throughout the winter. The Cub Creek Road is plowed to a parking area approximately 2.2 miles past the Green River bridge. The dirt road to the Josie Morris Ranch is gated with the first snowfall, but is open to hiking and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing if conditions permit.

In Colorado, the Harpers Corner Road past the Echo Park Road turnoff to the road's end is closed to vehicle access with the first significant snowfall. Visitors can use this section of road for hiking and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing if conditions permit. The lower portion of the Harpers Corner Road is kept open to the Echo Park Road turnoff through Dec. 31 so that hunters may access private and BLM land adjacent to the monument. On Jan. 1, the road closes at Plug Hat Butte, which is 5 miles from U.S. Highway 40. After this section of the road closes to vehicular traffic, portions of the Harpers Corner Road are open to snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing if snow conditions permit.

The Echo Park Road, Yampa Bench Road, Island Park Road, portions of the Deerlodge Road and the road to Gates of Lodore are not maintained and travel on them is not advised during the winter.

Dinosaur's weather in winter can change rapidly. Visitors should always be prepared for a range of conditions and check the current forecast before heading out. Road maintenance may be limited during storms or on weekends.

For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call 435 781-7700. You can also visit http://www.nps.gov/dino or look for DinosaurNPS on Facebook and Twitter.

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