This update covers our visit to Utah's newest dinosaur museum, the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. The museum opened in June 2004. New exhibits and displays cover the 22,000 square foot facility, inside and out.
Vivid murals and tile floors help visitors connect geological time to real-time places in Vernal. Life-size replicas of dinosaurs sneak into the museum through windows looking out onto our new Dinosaur Gardens. :-) Curious visitors, both young and old, can do their own investigating with books, models, puzzles, and bones and chisels. Jerry even did a little digging for dinosaur bones.
The park is a showcase of eastern Utah's geologic past and natural history. The main features are the museum and the Dinosaur Garden. A wealth of geologic, paleontologic, archaeologic and biologic specimens are displayed, reviewing the natural history of the Uinta Mountains and Uinta Basin.
Exhibits include nearly three billion years of earth history asit is exposed in the nearby Uinta Mountains and Uinta Basin. In the geology hall, fossils are displayed from rocks covering more than 600 million years of life, ranging from algae to dinosaurs to highly advanced mammals. Artistic representations of these life forms, plus the geology of the area painted by G.E. Untermann Sr. (father of the original director of the Field House), are displayed throughout the museum.
We have learned a lot about dinosaurs during our visit to Craig. We hope you enjoyed the dinosaur journey with us, check back later for more adventures from Colorado and Utah.