So Much More Than Dinosaurs
Dinosaur National Monument contains the most productive Late Jurassic Period dinosaur quarry in the world where a native rock wall exposes more than 2,000 dinosaur fossils. But you’ll find so much more than bones to capture your imagination in Dinosaur National Monument. Vivid river canyons and ancient petroglyphs await your discovery. When the sun sets, the night sky is filled with more stars than you’ve probably seen in your entire life. Get ready to be amazed!
From the dinosaur quarry, take the Tour of the Tilted Rocks or a scenic drive on the Harpers Corner Road. Lace up your hiking boots and hit one of the trails in the Monument, or marvel at the canyon walls from the river view on a guided raft trip. The Gates of Lodore, accessible by trail or raft, is revered for its tranquil canyon beauty and excellent camping sites. You'll understand why it ranks as one of the world's most photographed sites.
Dinosaur National Monument is located in both Colorado and Utah. Each state provides a chance to visit very distinctive areas of the monument.
The Canyon Visitor Center, which is open from late spring through early fall, is located just off U.S. Highway 40, two miles east of Dinosaur, CO. The Colorado Welcome Center is located 2 miles from the Canyon Visitor Center in the town of Dinosaur, Colorado and is open daily from late April through late September, but closed during the winter. There are no dinosaur fossils in the canyon area of the park.
The Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall and Quarry Visitor Center, one-half mile from the Quarry, are open year round. From U.S. Highway 40 in Jensen, Utah, take Utah State Highway 149 north to the monument. During the summer, shuttle buses take visitors from the visitor center to the Quarry Exhibit Hall to see the dinosaur fossils. Between October and April, rangers lead visitors up to the Quarry by car caravans.