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Address: 100 Upper Revolution Way, Big Water, UT 84741
Phone Number: 435-675-3200
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Inside the Bureau of Land Management Visitor Center in Big Water, Utah,...

Inside the Bureau of Land Management Visitor Center in Big Water, Utah, National Park Service rangers await those wanting to know more about the dinosaurs that dominated earth nearly 150 million years ago.

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This is the Learning Center of Your Holiday!

Ask for James, but they're all great guides.Many of our claims to fame are the dinosaurs found not far from this very spot. These guides will give you the most thorough geologic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Karen D
Page, Arizona
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Page, Arizona
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ask for James, but they're all great guides.Many of our claims to fame are the dinosaurs found not far from this very spot. These guides will give you the most thorough geologic history you could ever find for free. This is great for the children and adults. The have a store filled with educational gifts for the kids.

Thank Karen D
Mevaseret Zion, Israel
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Very educating with very special findings. The service is very good and there is nothing that I disliked..

Thank Haim K
San Diego, California
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

If you are lucky enough to drop in to this Visitor Center when Merle H. Graffam is there, be sure to ask him about dinosaurs and his discovery of the dinosaur that was named after him! Most fun I've had in any visitor center. Merle's story is fascinating.

Thank stez
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Excellent attraction with a great view of the Dam, road bridge and Lake Powell. Free to park and enter and some very interesting detail on how the dam was built with videos and artefacts on display.

Thank Timothy M
San Carlos, Mexico
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Don't miss this stop along the highway from Kanab to Lake Powell. The building houses a collection of fossils and dinosaur bones, has a small but excellent bookstore/gift shop, and the personnel are helpful in guiding you to appropriate hikes, etc. The building itself is interesting because it was designed in the shape of an ammonite, an ancient sea creature... More 

Thank mamacu2014
Dallas, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had this down as a planned stop on our way to Kanab Utah while on a family vacation. I wish I could rate it higher like other visitors, perhaps our expectations were just set too high. PROS: It is right of the highway, has ample parking, restrooms, and a nice break from driving. There are some cool dinosaur fossils... More 

Thank Jimmy S
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

This is well worth the stop, and won't take more than 30 minutes to an hour. It's small. Don't expect to see a full dinosaur skeleton. But they do have some neat skulls and other fossils including a full size tail and foot. What makes this stop so great is the story behind it. Merle works here and was one... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This is pretty much a free local museum with a very knowledgeable guide. Worth taking a stop if you're not in a hurry .

Thank heckfy
Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I stopped at the Big Water, UT BLM visitor center to discuss the directions to the Wahweap Hoodoos. James was very helpful, gave me a map to the trailhead, once there it was a 3-5 mile hike to the first set of hoodoos (3-4 miles) then another mile to the main (white) hoodoos which is what I was aiming for.... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We stopped by this visitor center on the way to hike to the Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos. The highlight of the center is the dinosaur exhibit. There are actual dinosaur bones which have been found within 35 miles of the center. The center was staffed by Merle, who was extremely knowledgeable about dinosaur fossils found in the vicinity, as well... More 

2 Thank Sheila_1031AZ

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