Dinosaur National Monument: A Big Family of Dinosaur Fossils

Dinosaur National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located on the southeast flank of the Uinta Mountains on the border between Colorado and Utah at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. Although most of the monument area is in Moffat County, Colorado, the Dinosaur Quarry is located in Utah just to the north of the town of Vernal, Utah.

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Dinosaur National Monument spans more than 200,000 acres. Thousands of fossils were discovered here in 1909, and 80 acres were declared a protected national treasure in 1915. In addition to dinosaur fossils and dinosaur footprints, this part of Utah is home to many ancient petroglyphs (carvings in stone) and pictographs (paintings on stone).

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The Monument is the only place in the world that provides an interactive experience with more than 1,500 dinosaur bones and fossils. Visitors can view and touch dinosaur bones in their original resting place!

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The Colorado side of Dinosaur National Monument is an excellent destination for accessing deep canyons along the Yampa and Green Rivers. Also near here is Harpers Corner Road, which affords glorious river views. Nearby, it is the Canyon Visitor Center, open all summer and parts of spring and fall. The Canyon Visitor Center is two miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado, just off U.S. Highway 40.

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The Utah side of Dinosaur National Monument is where the world-renowned dinosaur quarry is located, where dinosaur digs have uncovered a wealth of prehistory.

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More than 1,500 fossils are still embedded in the cliff face here. Half a mile from the quarry, there is the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall and Visitor Center. Visitors can take a shuttle bus in the summer between the Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall. In other seasons, rangers lead car caravans up to the Quarry.

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Since Dinosaur National Monument covers more than 200,000 acres, you will want to have a clear sense of which parts you want to see before heading out into the wilderness. Get more information about the Dinosaur National Monument visit https://www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm.

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