The Fossil Quarry Museum was incredible. Built into the excavation site, you see amazing dinosaur bones. Despite having seen many a dino exhibit at various museums, this was so real and authentic, it was incredible. There is an interesting story about the discoveries made on the site, including a newly found dinosaur after this was discovered. Great exhibits, helpful Park Rangers.
Add to the fact that it was air conditioned, and it was a great stop for us. We found ourselves wishing we'd been able to get there when our kids were young.
There are a number of trails you can hike, with many more on the Colorado side that look really fun. But, this is desert land, and summers get very hot. We were there on a triple-digit day, and with no trees on the landscape, we couldn't go as far as we would like.
If you must visit in the summer, pack PLENTY of sunscreen and water. I recommend a hydration pack, and carry some protein bars or trail mix. Do not underestimate how much water you will need to stay healthy in those temps.
I highly recommend a visit--you can get here easily if you are visiting Flaming Gorge, or heading west out of Colorado on Rt. 40. As a general rule, we are big road warriors, but this is a bit off the beaten path unless you are headed to either of those. It's not far out of Steamboat Springs, CO, so a day trip from there is quite doable.
Allow yourself time enough to do at least one other short hike, if not two of them, and time to browse in the Visitor Center. The hikes on the Utah entrance to the park are generally suitable for families, but again caution in the summer heat. If we have a chance to go back and explore more, it will be spring or autumn. For families with children, summer trips are usually required, so be prepared.
We were driving from Salt Lake to the Boulder area, so it was an easy choice for us to reroute and stop in Steamboat Springs, instead of blasting the interstate across Colorado.
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