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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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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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May 18, 2011 - Dinosaur National Monument, Utah

I have trouble relating to a million, unless it is in dollars. Here at Dinosaur N.M. the Paleontologists and Geologists work side by side documenting through various methods of verification the record of some 300 million years of change in this areas landscape. Huge credit goes to Earl Douglass, Paleontologist who while working for the Carnegie Museum discovered the dinosaur quarry. The quarry opened the world's best window on late-Jurassic dinosaurs. The thing that is most immediate about this National Monument which is located on the...

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River Wind

Jul 14, 2010 - Vernal, Side Trip to Dinosaur National Monument

Our first visit was to Dinosaur National Monument, approximately 20 miles east of Vernal, in the small town of Jensen. As you will notice, this is a very small representation of pictures shown on this particular “visit” and the reason will be forthcoming. The monument owes its name and fame to one of the world’s most productive sites for dinosaur bones. More than 1600 bones of eleven different dinosaur species cover a rock face at the quarry. Not only does the monument hold the fossils of the dinosaur bones, but it also shows a close look...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Dinosaur National Monument

Last night was another warm one, with a low in the 60's. We slept with all the windows open and John did not need to run the heater this morning. Summer is a comin'. -- Today, we packed a picnic lunch and headed east to the Dinosaur National Monument near Jensen, Utah, about twenty miles from Vernal. Fossilized dinosaur bones were originally discovered in this area of Utah in the early 1900's by a palentologist. The quarry is one of the finest locations in the world for dinosaur fossils. The park originally covered 80 acres but it now...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

May 19, 2010 - Dinosaur National Monument, UT

Dinosaur National Monument was designated by Pres. Wilson in 1915 after Earl Douglas discovered and dug up an 80 acre dinosaur quarry. It is now 210,000 plus acres with the Green River running through it. The original Visitor Center and dino quarry area which our kids saw 25 years ago on our trip west are now closed and being restored. Instead, they bus you to a small excavation site where you can see a few fossilized dino bones. There are also petroglyph sites - 1000 year old graffiti. Unfortunately they still allow you to get close enough...

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Westward Ho - Again

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