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Camping OK -- even free -- at Dinosaur National Monument

Camping OK -- even free -- at Dinosaur National Monument



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VERNAL, Utah (AP) -- For hardy souls, camping is free this winter inside Dinosaur National Monument.

Park officials announced Tuesday that the Split Mountain campground on the Utah side of the monument will remain open throughout winter.

Three other campgrounds also will remain open but snowfall can make them almost impossible to reach.

**Split Mountain Campground** ![](http://media.bonnint.net/slc/1675/167544/16754487.jpg)
Split Mountain Campground is 4 miles east of the Temporary Visitor Center at the Split Mountain boat ramp. During the off-season (first week of October to mid-April), it serves as a general campground. There is no water, but a vault toilet is available. There are no reservations at Split Mountain during the off-season and no fees are charged. *-[Dinosaur National Monument](http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm)*
The monument's chief of interpretation, Carla Beasley, says a few people camp at Dinosaur for brief stretches in winter.

Beasley says Split Mountain campground is especially cold in winter because it's at a low elevation next to the frigid Green River where the coldest air settles.

The monument will close most of Harpers Corner Road for the winter on Friday. The road begins two miles east of Dinosaur, Colo., and runs 31 miles north into the monument.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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