Gates of Lodore Nature Trail
This short, easy hike takes you above the Green River, which is flowing somewhat placidly here out of the Browns Park area. You can walk to the beginning of the Canyon of Lodore, where river runners are abruptly thrust into the riffles and rapids of this incredibly beautiful, rugged area. The hike is intended to introduce visitors to the red cliffs of the canyon and the flora and fauna of the area. You’ll see an abundance of cheatgrass here, a nonnative invasive grass that most animals cannot eat. Lichen cover the rocks. Since lichen are sensitive to air pollution, the brighter the colors the cleaner the air. So far, pollution evidently hasn’t taken hold here. Another amazing phenomenon is that you are actually standing on the Uinta Mountain Group, which comprises some of the oldest rocks in the monument. Because the geology here is complex but fascinating, we suggest purchasing a book or pamphlet on Dinosaur’s rocks. The Green River cut right across the mountains here and carved out the Canyon of Lodore. Utah juniper trees grow here as well as some piñon pine. Plants such as black greasewood, saltbush, and sagebrush also do well.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||75 ft|
|Skill Level||Easy, but avoid heat of the day|
|Duration||About 1 hour|
|Season||Best in spring and fall|
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