Cool Find in Utah: Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument, Utah© 2009 NPS PhotoAt the visitors center, an Allosaurus skeleton stands near murals depicting dinosaurs as they appeared 100 million years ago.

Quarry Area, off SR-149, 7 miles north of Jensen, UT; Canyon Area, US-40, 2 miles east of Dinosaur, CO., Utah

Dinosaur National Monument is a legacy of rivers, past and present. Here, preserved in the sands of an ancient river, is a time capsule from the world of dinosaurs. This land has revealed many secrets of the past, but there is much more to Dinosaur than dinosaurs.

The Canyon Area, for example, preserves the canyons of the Green and Yampa rivers, rich with human history and geological features that are easily viewed from the 31-mile Harpers Corner Scenic Drive.

At the Quarry Area visitors can take an 11-mile auto tour and see petroglyphs and great views of the Green River. This drive with dramatic canyon scenery has brought as much fame to Dinosaur as its fossils have. More remote areas can be explored along several rugged, unpaved roads and by backpacking and river trips (permits required).

Visitors center open year-round except winter holidays; Canyon Area Visitor Center open seasonally.

www.nps.gov/dino

(435) 781-7700

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