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Oct 3, 2018 - Dinokids

Maybe two years ago, grandson Robin asked me to take him to Dinosaur National Monument. The trouble was, he refused to go by car. He hates long drives. I wasn't going to pay for airfare, so we were stuck for a while. When I thought up the road trip, I suggested to my daughter Dawn that she could fly with the kids so we could meet in Salt Lake City and visit the Monument together. I'd take them back to Salt Lake to fly home, then be on my way. It ws agreed. Dawn and I had originally planned two night's camping at the Monument. The trek from...

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Stateside Road Trip

Sep 17, 2018 - Box and Hog Canyons

Monday, September 17: Dinosaur National Monument Hiking trails Weather: high 50sF calm and sunny in the morning, warming to high 80s with light breezes in the afternoon Route: Green River Campground → Cub Creek Road → Box Canyon Trail → Hog Canyon Trail → Josie Morris Cabin → Green River Campground Highlights: - What a night! The short intervals of rain did not worry us but the occasional microbursts of wind had us wondering if nearby tree limbs could withstand such fury. After midnight the wind stopped and the sky cleared. When we left the...

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Sep 16, 2018 - River, Desert and Fossil Trails

Sunday, September 16: Dinosaur National Monument Hiking trails Weather: high 50sF calm and sunny in the morning, warming to low 90s with light breezes in the afternoon Route: Green River Campground → River Walk Trail → Desert Voices Loop Trail → River Walk Trail → Green River Campground → Quarry Road → Quarry Visitor Center –> Shuttle to Quarry Exhibit → Fossil Discovery Trail → Quarry Visitor Center → Green River Campground Highlights: - Weirdly, we needed to deploy the sleeping bag duvet last night, even though the temperature was 58F...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument lies to the southeast of the Uinta Mountains, the highest east-west mountain range in the contiguous United States of America. As a sub-range of the north-south Rocky Mountains the formation of the Uintas, although geologically interesting are a story for another park, but... If you like geology, make this your vacation destination. Within Dinosaur National Monument, and especially in the Harpers Corner Area, the rocks from all but 3 geologic periods can be found -- 23 rock layers that are seldom obscured by...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Goodbye Colorado

Saturday, September 15: Colorado National Monument → Dinosaur National Monument Weather: mid 50sF and sunny in the morning, warming to low 90s with strong winds in the afternoon Route: Saddlehorn Campground → Rim Rock Drive → CO-340W → CO-139N -> CO Road 1 → CO64N -> US-40E → Harper’s Corner Road –> US-40W → Quarry Road → Green River Campground Highlights: - We were up before dawn again today at 6:15. The breakfast experiment worked well. In fact, I prefer the texture and taste of the oatmeal mixture this way. On warm mornings who needs a...

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Aug 26, 2017 - There are dinosaurs everywhere

Here we are in Dinosaur National Monument. Which brings up a question. Why do we have National Monuments, and National Parks, and National Forests, etc. Sometimes we have National Parks within National Forests. I digress. Split Mountain and the Green River were found in the 1800s when Carnegie said "find me some bones". And bones they found. More than 100 tons were shipped back to Pittsburg by wagon train for the museum. Someone, however, had the forethought to preserve some of the site and the digging for future generations. Covered by a...

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Aug 23, 2014 - Dinosaur NM

Dinosaur National Monument is located on the southeast flank of the Uinta Mountains on the border between Colorado and Utah at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. Although most of the monument area is in Moffat County, Colorado, the Dinosaur Quarry is located in Utah just to the north of the town of Jensen, Utah. The Canyon area of Dinosaur NM is located in Colorado just north of the town of Dinosaur. The nearest communities are Vernal, Utah and Dinosaur, Colorado. This park has fossils of dinosaurs including Allosaurus,...

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2014 RV Adventure

Aug 2, 2014 - Day 2 Vernal Ut. to Dinosaur National Monument

August 2, 2014 Day 2 Vernal to Dinosaur and back We started out towards Dinosaur National Monument about 10am. The park was only about 1/2 an hour from the hotel. We arrived at the dinosaur bone quarry / visitors center, and proceeded to check it out. I was disappointed to find that there wasn't as much there as I thought there'd be. We toured the bone quarry and all the exhibits, then took a short tram ride up the hill. After seeing all there was to see there we set out down the road. Today's road only went 6 miles into the...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument Wikipedia Quarry Petroglyphs Josie Morris Cabin...

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May 18, 2014 - Rial Chew Ranch

Jerry and I were totally surprised to see a old ranch while driving one of the scenic roads in Dinosaur National Monument. The first thing we noticed was a old chuck wagon parked in the yard. We stopped to explore and found signs with all the information. You never know what you will find while out exploring in the wilderness. :-) Below is a paste of information I found about the place. The Rial Chew Ranch Historic District comprises a ranching operation in what is now Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado, that existed from...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Vernal Utah – Dinosaur NM

Sept 24, 2013 - Vernal Utah – Red Fleet State Park and Dinosaur NM It was a pretty drive through the mountain passes over to Vernal Utah. Stayed at the Red Fleet Reservoir State Park for just one night. This location looks very much like the eastern part of Zion National Park. I only planned on one night here because of the storms moving in. When I awoke it was still a clear sky so I headed via car directly to the west entrance of Dinosaur National Monument. There was a bone quarry here and one of the main exhibits is the remaining quarry...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Dinosaur National Monument and Jensen, Utah

Monday 3rd June, 2013 Jensen, Utah and the Dinosaur National Monument (129.1 miles/208km) Awoke to a fine day and after breakfast we set off about 7 miles to the Dinosaur National Monument. This is where palaeontologists have dug up dinosaur bones over a period of many years since about 1909 when a guy named Douglass came across dinosaur bones sticking out of the ground. Many of the bones have been taken away for research but many still remain on site together with a very interesting display of how the site came about. There is a large...

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