Dinosaur National Monument, UT/CO
Dinosaur National Monument, Utah/Colorado
AT PRESS TIME, energy companies were vying to claim several BLM leases that the agency had offered adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument. While the Colorado side of the park has a comprehensive plan to suggest guidelines on where such development can and cannot happen, the Utah side doesn’t. That leaves roughly one-third of the park on the ropes. If developed, the wells would be visible from the Quarry Visitor Center (on the Utah side) and the 3.2-mile Sound of Silence Trail, which is so-named because its interpretive panels encourage visitors to use all their senses to savor the region’s lack of development. Hike these sandy washes and slickrock knobs to make the statement that hikers want to hear desert winds, not pump jacks.
TRAILHEAD Sound of Silence (40.4372, -109.2760) SEASON March to November PERMIT None CONTACT nps.gov/dino
Drilling, nature’s way: In Dinosaur National Monument, the Green River bored a network of chasms (like here, in the Echo Park area) over the past millennia.