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Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaurs may have drawn you to the monument, but be ready to be amazed by the rest of the park. Visitors are stunned to discover incredibly scenic areas like Split Mountain, Rainbow Park, Harper's Corner, and Echo Park. 23 colorful layers of the Colorado Plateau have been sculpted by the elements into amazing forms like Elephant Toes rock.

Rafters have known for decades about the virtues of floating through the intricate maze-like canyons carved by the Green and Yampa rivers. To forge memories that last a lifetime, thousands of visitors strap on life vests and join river guides on a thrilling float trip. Fans of history can learn about the outlaw stories, hardy pioneers like Josie Bassett or the many native cultures who have called this place home. The self guided Tour of Tilted Rocks takes visitors to an array of sites, including several trailheads for short hikes into the backcountry. Once you have experienced the dinosaur bones, you'll want to set aside time for the rest of the park!

Address
4545 E Highway 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610
Phone
435-781-7700 (Quarry Visitor Center)
970-374-3000 (Canyon Visitor Center)
970-374-3003 (Fax)
Hours
visitor centers open 9am to 5pmvisitor centers open 9am to 5pm
Cost
National Park Fees Apply

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Directions

To the Quarry Visitor Center Area (which includes the Tour of Tiled Rocks and Split Mountain facilities): Go through Vernal Utah and follow Highway 40 east to Jensen (10 miles east of Vernal). Turn north (left) on Utah 149 in Jensen. The temporary visitor center is about 4 miles north on the right (big green dinosaur in front of building). Driving time from Salt Lake City is about 4 hours. To reach the Canyon Area Visitor Center, continue east on US Hwy 40 another 30 miles to Dinosaur, Colorado (about 40 miles past Vernal). The Canyon Area Visitor Center is located 2 miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado at the intersection of Harpers Corner Road. Driving time from Salt Lake City is about 4 1/2 hours.

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