We had another amazing day exploring Dinosaur National Monument, this time in Jensen, Utah. We drove back to Dinosaur, Colorado but instead of stopping, we drove right on to the Utah side of Dinosaur National Monument. This time we went directly to the quarry and got to see and “touch” the dinosaur bones. It was incredible! We highly recommend this one to all our readers.
The Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall and the new Quarry Visitor Center are awesome, they have shuttle buses leaving the visitor center every 15 minutes for the Quarry Exhibit Hall. The Quarry Exhibit Hall allows visitors to view the wall of approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones in a refurbished, comfortable space. Here, you can gaze upon the remains of numerous different species of dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodicus, and Stegosaurus along with several others.
The quarry at Dinosaur National Monument is located east of Vernal and north of Jensen, Utah via highways 40 and 149. The quarry contains dinosaurs of the Jurassic Morrison Formation, like those at Dinosaur National Monument. Allosaurus skeletons have been found in great abundance here, justifying the Allosaurus' designation as Utah's State Fossil. Mounted skeletons cast from Cleveland-Lloyd dinosaurs are found in museums worldwide.
This was a very exciting thing to see in person. It was a long drive from Craig, but it was well worth the drive. I am adding a LOT of pictures, some are for information for those who want to know more. I am adding most of the informative ones last so those who don’t want to read them can just skip them. :-) Check back later for more from our Utah and Colorado adventures.