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Dinosaur National Monument

Green River, Dinosaur National Monument © Michael Overton
Green River, Dinosaur National Monument © Michael Overton

The Dinosaur National Monument straddles the border between Utah and Colorado. The reserve was created to preserve the layers of rock in which Jurassic Era dinosaur skeletons and bones were found embedded at a site in the Utah section of the Monument area. In 1909, an exposed sediment riverbed was found to contain layers of prehistoric plant and animal fossils. A quarry went into operation on the site, where full dinosaur skeletons were discovered, as well as fossilised remains of sea creatures up to three times older than dinosaurs were excavated. A visitor centre has been built over the quarry to protect the fossils. Forming one of the walls is an exposed rock layer containing more than 2,000 dinosaur bones that have been enclosed as a permanent exhibit.

Although the quarry is often the main reason for visiting the Dinosaur National Monument, the area also contains acres of some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the north, with colourful sandstone cliffs, deep river canyons and forests, a number of scenic hiking trails, unique wildlife, and thrilling white water rafting on two of the Colorado River's fast-flowing tributaries.

Address: 1625 East 1500 South, Jensen

E-mail: (970) 374 3000

Website: www.nps.gov/dino

Opening times: Daily 8am-6pm