Summer Trip 2015 - TX, NM,CO,NV, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY and ??? travel blog










































There are two distinct parts to this national monument and both are worth visiting for sure! The dinosaur fossils are only found in the Utah side but we also thoroughly enjoyed the CO side too.

from the NPS website introduction:

"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 and outlaws found refuge here. Whether your passion is science, adventure, history or scenery, Dinosaur offers much to explore."

"The landscape of Dinosaur National Monument is a testimony to the geologic processes shaping the Earth's surface and the never-ending dynamic changes taking place around us."

we used the same park for Dinosaur (both sides) and for Flaming Gorge visits:

Vernal, Utah - Fossil Valley RV Park. We stayed in Vernal at an in town friendly park that was way more reasonable than the KOA and since we are riding and visiting places every day, we don't use anything but the full hookups and the site space. Site was long enough for both 36 foot toy hauler and truck. Did have to let tailgate down in the road, but it was not a problem for anyone in the park, and the angle was great for unloading and reloading. Each site has picnic table and shade which was very nice. Bath house and laundry but no pool, playground etc. The town has grown up around the park. The two outside rows are back ins and looked like used by seasonal or long term. The inside two rows are pull thrus and mostly used by travelers. Vernal was a good base for Flaming Gorge and both parts of Dinosaur National Monument (Dino bones in UT, canyons in CO).

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