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Sep 18, 2017 - Dinosaur National Monument

An easy drive brought us out of the high mountain elevation rich with firs and aspen trees to the high desert in Utah. The weather changed from late fall back to summer. Our goal was to visit Dinosaur National Monument and camp there on the shore of the Green River, which looks much more red than green. We weren't quite sure how to access the park. There are two roads in from the Colorado side and a short one from Utah. That's the one we wanted because that's where an exhibit shows the dinosaur fossil beds and hints at the quantity and...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Dinosaur National Monument - Utah side

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,...

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May 22, 2014 - Dinosaur Bones

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...

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Jul 18, 2012 - Dinosaurs!

July 18, 2012 Fruita seemed busy and probably is growing.  The campground was maybe the nicest state park we have ever stayed in.  Nice, clean facilities and landscaped campsites.  They are building a bike path to Grand Junction, but for now, there is not much place to ride unless you like to ride some fierce mountain bike trails!  Ummmm, I'll pass. Then off to Dinosaur National Monument.  Highway 139 was through amazing country!  Fertile river valley to dry mountains to desert canyon country to pure dry dirt and slick rock.  Rangely,...

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Summer Trip 2012

Aug 12, 2010 - Dinosaur NM in UT / CO

The park is located in both CO and UT. The campsite in Dinosaur NM at Green River was across the river from a rich agricultural area. We drove back to Dinosaur, CO and followed the Harpers Corner Drive to the end of the road for a beautiful hike out to the point. The canyons on either side of the trail drop 7500 feet below the rim. At the point, you can see the Yampa and Green Rivers merge into one. The dynamic view of the multicolored upturned layers of the Mitten Park Fault reminds you of the Grand Canyon. On the road to Box canyon, we...

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Western US 2010

Jun 12, 2009 - Dinosaurs!

After I bragged on the cellphone and internet service on Thursday night, last night I couldn't download pictures or journal. We arrived at the temporary visitor's center (for Dinosaur National Monument) about 10 minutes before 10 a.m. and learned the first-ever ranger-led walking tour to the active dinosaur quarry was to begin at 10. Hurray! I put an extra band-aid on my sore toe (remember the scooter accident?) and we were ready. We took plenty of water, used sun block, and wore hats. The first of the tour was through sticky mud and...

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Jun 11, 2009 - Utah, finally!

We were on the road about six hours today, with only stops for lunch, bathroom, and the visitor's center of Dinosaur National Monument. The boys entertained themselves by drawing, and Tanner telling stories he was "inventing" off the top of his head. They giggled and laughed all through the day. We climbed to the top of Rabbit Ears Summit, a spot on the Continental Divide, and then down to the other side. There were periods of rain showers most of the day. The closer we got to Utah the more the terrain changed. We are now in high plains...

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