Dinosaur National Monument (Yampa Bench Road)
Billed as a 4×4 only road, much of this remote and spectacularly gorgeous byway can be passable in a passenger vehicle with care. If there is any doubt, though, ask at the visitor’s center in Dinosaur. The road passes through a variety of pinyon-juniper, montane shrubland, and semi-desert shrubland, with birds like Green-tailed Towhee, Plumebous Vireo, Virginia’s Warbler, and Canyon Wren. Dusky Grouse is possible along the higher portions of the road, and Golden Eagle can be found with some regularity. Scattered viewpoints on the Yampa River Canyon are truly spectacular, and unlike other areas in the park you often have them completely to yourself.
Dates of Access: Closed during the winter months
Ownership: National Park Service
Admission: National Parks fee
Restrictions: At times a 4x4 only road
Parking: Gravel parking areas and roadside
Handicapped Access: None