It's a nice little Kim spot about 9 miles from the dinosaur national monument visitor center Utah side. There's a lot of chipmunks and if you have allergies cottonwood trees. Also the ground not to level so for tent camping it's takes a little bit to find a spot to lay your tent. just a few minutes up the road there split mountain which is for group Canton so there's more white out spaces for Tent's but you also sacrifice to tree cover on hot days.
Spent 2 nights at the Green River Campground. Loops A and C are first come, if you need shade take loop B or C. Loop B reservations only. All sites are nicely spaced with no designated tent pad. Finding a level spot might be difficult. Beautiful dark sky area and the stars at night are awesome. At night you can hear the Green River-which is near by. My T-Mobile service was great and they also have firewood to purchase if you like. Flush toilets and water. No showers or other amenities. Remember it’s the desert so bring plenty of water when hiking at near by Dinosaur National Monument, which where the camp is located in. Nice quiet campground definitely will come back.
Few miles into Dinosaur NP is a large but spacious and very green camp on the Green River. Friendly camp host, nice bathrooms, and potable water. Camp spots are large and flat.
We camped in A10 and it is the best spot. It is right by the River Trail which is perfect for a late evening before dinner out and back hike. Amazing views in every direction! #10 is secluded by a bunch of sagebrush and has it's own mini trail to your own private beach! I would definitely recommend!
This campground is in the National Monument and is along the gorgeous Green River. It has clean flush toilets (lighted at night), potable water, fire pits, picnic tables and a variety of sites. You can camp a few feet from the river or walk a short distance to it’s sandy, rocky banks. Great place for birding, a short drive to the Park Service Visitor Center which is worth spending at least a few hours at! Take the shuttle to the Quarry for an entire bank exposing dinosaur bones and more.
This has become one of my favorite campgrounds. What we have learned is that if you will go online and make a reservation (loop B), you can move your reservation to one of the non-reservable loops (A or C) once you get there. So if you find a site on the river or one with more trees in the outer loops, the camp hosts will let you change your site number. I love this feature as it also helps us to avoid noisy neighbors or shadeless sites. The park in general has lots of interesting, educational, and/or scientific sites. Plenty to stay busy plus the added bonus of having a river to cool off in. We have AT&T and had enough 4G throughout the campground to stream a Broncos game with minimal interruptions.
Green River Campground is located inside Dinosaur National Monument - on the ‘Quarry side’ of the park, in Utah. It is a short drive from the vistitors center and quarry, and is next to the Green River.
BEWARE: We trusted Siri's directions, and she steered us in the wrong direction - she sent us across the Colorado border and to the ‘Canyon side’ of the park. We saw a sign reading DNM, and passed a visitors center, so we figured we were in the right place - we should have stopped at the visitors center, we may have saved ourselves from getting a little lost. After driving 15 miles or so we came to a stopping point - you needed a 4 wheel drive vehicle to continue down a couple of the roads. There was a sign post with a map, but the Green River Campground was nowhere to be seen. Since we didn’t have 4WD we figured the campground was not accessible through the roads within the park, so we had to backtrack back to highway 40 towards Utah to the Quarry side. Lesson learned - follow the directions on the park's website, NOT SIRI!
If you have an easy-up or some sort of shade canopy, I highly suggest bringing it with you when you are camping in this part of Utah! As stadard for the area, most of the campsites do not have much in the way of shade. We camped this past July, and it was extremely hot for most of the day and well into the evening. There were a couple sparse trees in our site, but they did not provide any shade. We tried to rig up a shade canopy with an extra tarp, but there wasn't much to tie it to, nor did we have much rope.
Warning: The area does have black bears, but there were no bear bins in the campground, so you have to lock all of your food and toiletries in the car at night. There are bear-proof dumpsters for trash and recycling though. I was once told by a ranger in Yosemite NP that bears can recognize coolers when peering into car windows - he suggested putting put a towel and gear over your coolers when keeping them in the car overnight in bear territory.
The bathrooms were clean - no showers are available, though.
There were not any water spigets around by the sites, but there was a faucet outside the rest rooms for dish washing and water bottles.
The fire pit had a very nice cooking grate - we always bring a small collapsable grate in case the fire ring doesn’t have one, but no need to use it this time!
It got very windy during the day, and after coming back from a hike we found our tent blown over, despite having staked it down. Stake your tents down well!
We only saw one scorpion in our site for the two nights we stayed - one crawled up by the fire ring and hung out with us next to the camp fire. He was small. I would still suggest always zipping up your tent completely every time you open and close it, and to check your shoes if you leave them outside!
Some sites in Green River are "riverside," but are not directly next to the river - perhaps 30 yards away. We walked down to the river - we did not see any true trails to the river, but we didn't take the time to look around. The river and surrounding moutainous region was beautiful, and the cold water was a great way to cool off after a hike in the heat.
I was able to get some cell service down in the campground, but it was definitely better up near the visitors center.
Green River Campground is a great basecamp for those wishing to explore Dinosaur National Monument! Bring lots of water - it is HOT in the summer! We chose to get up early to hike and beat the heat - afterwards we packed up lunch and drove over to Josie Morris cabin. The Josie Morris cabin is an interesting historical site - what one women accomplished out in the middle of nowhere was impressive! Josie planted a lot of trees on her land, so there is a nice shady lawn with picnic benches and a view - it was the perfect lunch spot! The petroglyphs around the park are a must see, as is the quarry exhibit hall!
Plumbed Toilets: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Table: Yes
Cooking Grates: Yes
Cell Service: Limited
Animals Bins/Food Lockers: NO
We spent one night on July 19th, 2018.
This campground is located within Dinosaur National Monument right on the Green River. The sites were open and average but it was all dry camping. This would normally be fine but the temperatures were >100 degrees and it was too hot to really enjoy. The rest rooms were functional but had no showers or towels/dryers. They have wood for sale if you want a campfire. The water was comfortably cool with a small rocked in area for little people to play in the water.
It sits at the bottom of the hill right on the river so once the sun drops, the campground is in shade which dropped our temperature by a good 20 degrees. There were nice clean pads for tents, fire rings and wood picnic tables.
I recommend this park for cooler temperatures.
An NPS Park, it’s situated on the banks of the Green River. Electricity is available, which can come in handy as the area can get seriously warm in the summer. There are two loops, one which has trees, the other mostly without. Reserve ahead as shade is a commodity.
The Park visitor center is amazing. A preserved 90’ wall of dinosaur bones. It doesn’t get any better.
If you want to tour Dinosaur National Monument in summer, it will be HOT! We arrived around 4 pm when the temperature was close to 100 degrees. Here's the (minor) problem with Green River Campground in the Utah portion of the park: there's not much shade.
But you may be able to get a site with some shade. How? Loop B's sites (23-55 among 80 total sites) are reservable between mid-May and mid-September. For a possibility of shade in the late afternoon/early evening, try for 23, 30, 32, 37, 39, 42, 49 or 55. (Some photos are included.) 30 and 42 are good for a group that needs two sites.
We wanted to stay two nights and considered going the walkup route, but we weren't sure if the walkup sites in loops A and C would fill up. (FYI they didn't fill up on Tues/Wed night.) We reserved a site in loop B for one night because that's all we could get. We planned to get in early and transfer to a walkup site where we could stay for two nights. The host was amenable to that, and she encouraged us to search for a shady site.
The search for shade is a good reason for moving if you have a reserved site with little to no shade. Loop C had some good possibilities among the cottonwoods. So…..reserve a site, get in early and move to a (somewhat) shady site.
Other than the lack of shade and abundance of heat, the campground was fine. One minor gripe: the bathroom has water and soap but no paper towels or hand dryers.
Looking at fossils: It's not easy to find fossils on the 1.2 mile hike between the Visitor Center and the Quarry Exhibit Hall. After we went out on our own, we realized a ranger-led hike would have been better. Before or after, you will see plenty of dinosaur bones in the Exhibit Hall which is a building that encloses an excavated area.
Hiking: The hike above the Green River between the Green River and Split Mountain (group) campgrounds is beautiful…and hot. There are other hikes listed in a brochure you can get at the entrance or Visitor Center.
Something we didn't know until we arrived: To see the Colorado portion of Dinosaur National Monument, you have to drive back to the town of Dinosaur CO (30 minutes) and enter the park north of there. There's also a campground over there.