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Aug 21, 2014 - Harpers Corner

Harpers Corner Scenic Drive is a 31-mile (one-way) auto tour route from Dinosaur NM Canyon Visitor Center to Harpers Corner. Dinosaur fossils are not located in this section of the park. As the road gains elevation, the scenery reflects the changing ecosystems. The last 12 miles include several striking viewpoints and overlooks, some as high as 2500 feet above the Green and Yampa rivers. Steamboat Rock hides the confluence of the two rivers from view at the Echo Park overlook. The Harpers Corner Trail at the end of the route leads to a...

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2014 RV Adventure

Aug 21, 2014 - Dinosaur National Monument

We traveled from Rocky Mountain National Park to a state park outside of Hayden, Colorado—Yampa River State Park--on the 19th. The park was clean and new and almost deserted—50 sites but only three occupied. We had time do mundane things like catch up on the laundry but unfortunately no wifi there. The 20th was also mostly a travel day as we proceeded to Dinosaur National Monument yesterday, and today we toured the Monument. After seeing the Visitor Center, we drove up to the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall. This building was built over the...

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May 16, 2014 - Harpers Corner Scenic Drive

This update covers our Harpers Corner Scenic Drive in Dinosaur National Monument Park. It is a 31-mile (one-way) auto tour route from the Canyon Visitor Center to Harpers Corner. The route goes by colorful Plug Hat Butte, which contains a beautiful trail and a picnic area. As the road continues to gain elevation, the scenery reflects the changing ecosystems. The last 12 miles include several striking viewpoints and overlooks, some as high as 2500 feet above the Green and Yampa rivers. Steamboat Rock hides the confluence of the two rivers...

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May 7, 2011 - Dinosaurs & petroglyphs

We took our first ranger guided tour today at Dinosaur National Monument. If you are like me, you probably think dinosaur fossil hunting is looking for massive bones sticking out of the eroded soil or excavating bones from the earth. In fact, as were shown, dinosaur bones are not bones at all, but are the mineralized remains of the bones. Just as with the fossilized trees, the organic material is replaced by minerals in the soil. It takes a little bit of training to recognize fossilized dinosaur remains at first. Shape recognition is...

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Yellowstone 2011

May 4, 2011 - Trip to Rangely, CO

After taking a couple of wrong turns near Mack, Colorado (where I should have refueled, but didn’t), and traveling thru miles of almost uninhabited country on Colorado Hwy. 139, we began the ascent to Douglas Pass on the Roan Plateau. The perilously narrow highway (with almost no guardrails) climbed to 8,300 ft. before descending thru a long narrow valley towards Rangely, Colorado. The whole time I was pulling the trailer up the mountain and then descending thru the never-ending valley I watched the needle on the gas gauge creep from just...

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Yellowstone 2011

Jun 14, 2009 - Dinosaurs

Dinosaur National Monument is one of the best sites for finding whole fossilized skeletons of dinosaurs ranging around 147 to 155 million years ago. These included the 54 ton, 90 foot long Diplodocus(a fern eating critter related to a Brontosaurus). This site has yielded a large number of intact dinosaur skull fossils which are the most useful part in helping determine what they ate and how they probably behaved. The reason that this site has yielded such intact specimens is that there was a minimum of crushing and sliding effects when the...

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