Desert Voices Trail

Dinosaur National Monument

Uinta Basin + Book Cliffs, Utah

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Desert Voices Trail


  • Trailhead for the Desert Voices Trail.- Desert Voices Trail
  • The first part of the trail is through a wash.- Desert Voices Trail
  • Once the trail starts climbing the views get more interesting.- Desert Voices Trail
  • The informative displays are very well done.- Desert Voices Trail
  • Split Mountain is quite close to this trail.- Desert Voices Trail
  • Desert colors.- Desert Voices Trail
  • There are a few switchbacks, but the trail is not too strenuous.- Desert Voices Trail
  • Desert sky.- Desert Voices Trail
  • Shy resident of the desert.- Desert Voices Trail
  • View looking west.- Desert Voices Trail
  • The Green River at the Split Mountain take-out.- Desert Voices Trail
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Very educational. Great for kids. Beautiful views.
Uinta Basin + Book Cliffs, UT
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
266.00 ft (81.08 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,728.00 ft (1,441.09 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Desert Voices Trail should be the first hike for any visitor to Dinosaur National Monument. Traversing a variety of desert topographies and showing off the beauty of this harsh and remote area, this trail also has terrific and informative commentary aimed at adults and kids throughout the route.

The trail starts from the parking area near the Split Mountain Campground and boat launch and heads up a rather scrubby wash/creekbed and doesn't offer much in the way of views for the first half mile or so. The route then heads up the side of the canyon and starts to wind up toward the ridge, offering great views that are similar to those on the Sound of Silence Trail, which is connected to this trail at the western edge of the loop. Continuing west to the Sound of Silence loop will make a great 4.7-mile trip. Late afternoon or mid-morning are great times to do this hike due to the warm sunlight that penetrates this east-west trail. 

At many spots along the trail there are signs that include some of the most thoughtful and interesting trail commentary in the park system. Incorporating local challenges and issues with water use, land use, and the compatibility of the park with traditional ranching activities, the displays are awesome. There are also some displays done by kids (generally around 12 years old) for kids, and these are thoughtful and interesting too. 

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