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Sound of Silence Trail

Dinosaur National Monument

Uinta Basin + Book Cliffs, Utah

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  • The start of the Sound of Silence Trail.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • The first part of the trail is up a dry wash.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • Leaving the wash, the trail winds through a maze of red hills.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • Finally up on the ridge, the views open up considerably.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • At times the trail undulates like a roller coaster.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • Great views of the rocky hills all around.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • Split Mountain is visible down the canyon.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • The rock colors and shapes are remarkable.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • The last part of the trail climbs down some slickrock slopes.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • The plain of the Green River to the east.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • Some of the trail requires some scrambling.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • Still a few wildflowers in October!- Sound of Silence Trail
  • Rocks jut from the desert floor.- Sound of Silence Trail
  • Prairie dog watching the tourists go by.- Sound of Silence Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Very beautiful hike. Close to campgrounds. Not crowded.
Cons: 
Hot in the summer.
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Region:
Uinta Basin + Book Cliffs, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
342.00 ft (104.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,730.00 ft (1,441.70 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Sound of Silence Trail is the second hike to take in Dinosaur National Monument. For an excellent introduction to desert ecology and issues affecting the desert, take the Desert Voices Trail first. The two trails are connected, so they can be done as a single loop from either of the trailheads for a 4.7-mile hike.

For its length, the Sound of Silence Trail gives a great introduction to some of the unique topography of the Utah desert. Following the trail markers clockwise, the trail starts out up a typical wash for the first mile, generally following the bottom but occasionally winding above on one side or the other, revealing an ever-changing panorama of rock formations and colors. At the far west end the trail takes a turn to the right and climbs up through a very interesting maze of red hills that seem to never end. At the top the route continues east on a high ridge with great views to the north and then over to the south side for different vistas. Finally, climbing down the last section is a good introduction to Utah slickrock hiking and light rock scrambling. This is a great hike for kids that are old enough to enjoy navigating the terrain.

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