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Dinosaurs lived here

Wow, a great place to go and it doesn't need to take a lot of time. You can drive in, park and go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denise N
Best to visit in the morning, I think

We visited this national monument as they opened up. We were one of the first on the tram up to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Dinosaurs once roamed here. Their fantastic remains are still visible embedded in the rocks. Today, the mountains, desert and untamed rivers flowing in deep canyons, support an array of life. Petroglyphs hint at earlier cultures. Later, homesteaders...more
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11625 East 1500 South, Jensen, UT 84078
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, a great place to go and it doesn't need to take a lot of time. You can drive in, park and go into the monument building to view the wall of dinosaur bones, not just fossils! You can also take more time to drive...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this national monument as they opened up. We were one of the first on the tram up to the site. At first I had read that you could drive up to the exhibit if you arrived before 9am but that did not seem...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

The Uinta Basin, for which Vernal is the main town, is nicknamed 'Dinosaurland' for the vast quantities of dinosaur fossils discovered in its rocks. The Dinosaur National Monument, twenty miles east of Vernal, captures the essence of this bounty by providing a marvellous Quarry Exhibit...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Anthony J
Reviewed October 21, 2018

In 1909, paleontologist Earl Douglass was searching for fossils for the Carnegie Museum when he discovered a formation layered with prehistoric plant and animal fossils. A quarry was established and in 1915 Dinosaur National Monument was created to protect 80 acres in the quarry area....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Dinosaur National Monument, was interesting and different, but was not one of our favorite National Parks. On the way we saw about 500 Sand Hill Cranes in a field next to road, but when we came back out they were all gone.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

Spent a few hours at this national park and it was well worth the drive. We drove from Denver to the park on our way to Yellowstone, it's a long way but very interesting especially if you like Dinosaurs. Kids will love the park! There...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

If you like dinosaurs and fossils, you will love Dinosaur National Monument. It takes a little while to get there, but it is worth it. You can take a shuttle to the main building, and there is a nice hike back to the beginning.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Leslie M
Reviewed October 3, 2018

The visitor center will tell you about the history of discovery and a paleo history of the animals that lived here. You then take a shuttle to the quarry to see them in place as found. It is an amazing opportunity for those who have...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

Wee started in utah driving in from Vernal early visited the quarry wall used shuttle bus then did the hike down back to the visitor centre. Then we did the 17 mile drive on the Utah side took 3 hours at least stopping at all...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank geoffviking
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Dinosaur Monument was pretty awesome. There are so many un-excavated bones in the wall! I highly recommend taking the 1 mile-ish trail back to the visitor's center instead of the tram. It is a very beautiful and surreal walk, but there are a couple spots...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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mary h
January 8, 2018|
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Response from bluejay377 | Reviewed this property |
I joked about "digging" to one of the rangers. They were not amused. Removing any object from a national park is a federal offense. Do not make that mistake. The major dig at the monument has been completed so I think... More
December 20, 2017|
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Response from CrawfordGene | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how adventurous you are. If you are backpacker and want to go everywhere, you could spend a week or much more. If you are just driving around, depends on season. Some of the dirt roads appear to have a lot... More
May 21, 2017|
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Response from Dan J | Property representative |
Hi DiAnna, That is incorrect. All roads and trails are open except for one, which is the fossil discovery trail that connects the exhibit hall and the visitor center. Everything else is open.
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How hot will it be in early September? (7 Replies)
I'm thinking about visiting Denver and the Rocky Mountain NP and the Dinosaur National Monument during the first or second week of September. How hot will it be at that time?
June 01, 2008|
Response fromCasaAzul|
Dinosaur will be much hotter than both Denver and RMNP. Keep in mind that the main quarry at Dinosaur is closed due to structural damage to the building. RMNP will be wonderful! Denver can be hot in Sept, but not too bad. The mountains are close by. How long do you have for your trip?
Pittsburgh, PA
Moab/Arches/Canyonland (2 Replies)
We will be traveling to Moab in July, touring Arches and Canyonland with grandsons, aes 6 and 12, any suggestions on areas to see, have already booked the Firey Furnace Tour in Arches. Would also appreciate tips on restaurants. We will be coming from Yellowstone and plan a stop at Dinosaur National Monument as well
April 25, 2012|
Response fromTumbleweedandCactus|
That's a hot time of year so try to time your activities early or late and have lots and lots of water. When we go in July we try to do an early morning activity, then hang by the pool, and go out again for something late afternoon or evening. Look for cooler summer hikes. Kane Creek, which is an easy drive from the south side of Moab, is a nice summer drive/hike/bike as it has a fair amount of shade. The hike up Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Arch, just 5-10 minutes from town is another...More
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Dinosaur National Monument (9 Replies)
Hi! In Sept. we will be driving from Vail to spend some time in Colorado Nat. Monument before heading north to Dinosaur Nat. Mon. We would really like to find some overnight lodging that would be south of Dinosaur if possible, as we would prefer not to backtrack from Vernal. We have grown too old for camping but would appreciate any info. Thanks
August 02, 2005|
Response fromJCinCO|
We were just in that area last week. There is a Budget Host property in Rangely that looked great. We chose to stay in Vernal and it was a big mistake (just did a review of Days Inn but it's not posted). I think the Budget Host would be a fine place to stay. There is not a lot really in Dinosaur NM. The Quarry is neat, but not huge. If you have kids, do the Jr. Ranger and/or Jr. Paleontologist programs, and the drive to Josie's cabin. We did not complete the Harpers Corner drive for lack...More