Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery (NFH) provides many exciting visitor opportunities at the hatchery and surrounding area. Open to the public, Jones Hole NFH welcomes visitors to the hatchery for a closeup view of the fish production process. With over 7,000 visitors annually, the dedicated staff are happy to answer any questions while you explore the hatchery grounds and view the fish.
Educational programs and hatchery tours are provided to school groups and visitors when scheduled in advance. Join the hatchery staff at the annual Ouray National Wildlife Refuge Open House in May, or at the Annual Kids Fishing Day in June at Jones Hole NFH.
In addition to the hatchery experience, visitors also have a bounty of recreational opportunities to explore in the surrounding area and Dinosaur National Monument, operated by the National Park Service:
- Hiking/nature trails
- Wildlife and birdwatching
- Mountain biking
Dust off those boots as you hike to Dinosaur National Monument in the spectacular surroundings, or try your luck landing 'the big one' in Jones Hole Creek. Be sure to bring your binoculars and test your wildlife knowledge while hiking or fishing. No camp sites are available at Jones Hole NFH for overnight camping, however, Dinosaur National Monument maintains a remote camp site two miles downstream of the hatchery on the Jones Hole Creek trail. Reservations are required and can be made through the Monument by calling (970) 374-3000.
You are welcome to visit Jones Hole NFH at any time of the year. The paved road from Vernal to Jones Hole is periodically closed by snow drifts in the winter months. During the spring thaw, melting snow can become ice on the roadway as temperatures drop below freezing. Please use extra care when visiting the Hatchery during these two seasons. For planning purposes, check climatic conditions in Vernal, as they tend to be very similar to those at Jones Hole. Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery is located approximately 40 miles northeast of Vernal bordering the Dinosaur National Monument. Come prepared for a day of fun!
Last updated: January 20, 2012