Jones Hole Trail - Dinosaur, CO - Eight mile hike along a scenic river


Jones Hole Trail is a popular hiking trail located in Dinosaur, Colorado. The trail is four miles one way and is rated as a beginner/moderate trail. The trail features level walking with an occasional small change in elevation. Trail head is located at Jones Hole Fish Hatchery. Jones e Hole Trail intersects with Island Park Trail about two miles in at Ely Creek.

The trail features picturesque scenery along the path as it winds up Diamond Mountain. The views of sagebrush and scattered ranches are best experienced through the summer months of June through September. The area is used as a fishing spot, bird watching location, and Indian Art destination.

Jones Hole Trail is named after topographer Charley Jones, who visited the location in 1871. The legend has it that Jones thought he accidentally killed a man and hid out for over a year in the area. When he found out the man lived he exclaimed how happy he was to be able to get out of the hole he lived in for a year and the name took hold. The location has to be accessed via car and takes approximately 2-4 hours to complete depending on hiking ability.

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