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“Worth a visit for more than just dinosaur bones”

Dinosaur National Monument
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Dinosaur
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in a region of spectacular canyons and mountains, this site has produced a large number of complete dinosaur skeletons since 1909.
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Dinosaur bones were discovered here in 1909, sticking out of the ground. For years after that bones were excavated and sent to museums and such. As a kid in the 70's when I visited the quarry excavation work was still being done. Now the scaffolding is gone, and you can see hundreds of dino bones in place in the rock face of the hillside over which a building has been built. There's a section at ground level where you can touch some of the bones and get a good close look at them. The quarry exhibit is small, but interesting.

After visiting the quarry take the brochure-guided driving tour to see petroglyphs and the remains of a homestead where Josie Bassett Morris lived for 50 years until she died in1964 at the age of 90. The petroglyphs are visible from the road or you can walk right up to (some of) them. The scenery is breathtaking. The rock strata really show the eons of change that the area has undergone. You can camp, hike and river raft in the area.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Unusual for a couple of reasons.First the display at the quarry (which is Utah, not Colorado) is a collection of fossils of dozens of individual dinosaurs and secondly they have been left in place rather than excavated. It makes for a very one of a kind exhibit. The new quarry exhibit hall is great. Anyone who is interested in dinosaurs owes it to themselves to visit the Monument. And, the rest of the monument is worth the time to visit. There are hikes from very easy nature walks to very challenging backcountry treks. Couple of scenic drives.

1  Thank dan s
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

How many people can say "I've touched dinosaur bones"? Well, now that I've been to the quarry, I can say it! I loved looking at all of the fossils and trying to determine what types of bones they were. The whole place seems unreal. The staff were really helpful and I learned a lot about the types of dinosaurs in the quarry and the area in general. Didn't have much time to explore the rest of DNM, but it seemed really beautiful. If you're in the area, it's definitely worth checking out!

1  Thank catwell2
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We didnt actually go to the place in CO. but to the quarrey just outside of Jensen Ut. I think it is GREAT how they built the building around the side of the mountain so that we can see this as is!!!!! They have areas in the "wall" where you can touch the bones, the park rangers are very well informed, it was GREAT!!!!!

1  Thank Linda F
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

DNM is beautiful in a very desert-like way. We visited the Quarry building and was just blown away by all the fossils on display. We also went out to Josie's cabin and did the Hog Canyon hike. It is a great hike on a hot day as a lot of it is shaded. We had a picnic lunch at one of the tables near the cabin and enjoyed a great view. We finished up with a hike to see petroglyphs. It was only a day visit, but I would go back. A must-see for anyone who enjoys dinos and fossils.

2  Thank laurenemax
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