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Construction Update

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (top) and view of new Quarry Visitor Center exhibits (bottom).

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony  (top) and inside the Quarry Visitor Center with its new exhibits (bottom).

NPS-Dan Johnson


October 23, 2011: The final update

Quarry Visitor Center - On September 28, 2011, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the new Quarry Visitor Center.

The event, attended by Dinosaur National Monument staff, visitors, and local community members, began with a traditional Ute blessing by Northern Ute Tribal Elder Clifford Duncan. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was the keynote speaker and, with the help of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce Dinah Mites, performed the ribbon-cutting honors. Other speakers at the event included NPS Regional Director John Wessels and Dinosaur NM Superintendent Mary Risser.

The new visitor center features exhibits, a film, and a bookstore. It also serves as the access point to the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

The Quarry Visitor Center is open open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

 
 
Utah Governor Gary Herbert at Quarry Exhibit Hall grand opening (top) and exterior view of the Quarry Exhibit Hall (bottom).

Utah Governor Gary Herbert at the Quarry Exhibit Hall grand opening (top) and an exterior view of the Quarry Exhibit Hall (bottom).

NPS-Dan Johnson

Quarry Exhibit Hall - Dinosaur National Monument staff, visitors, and local community members celebrated the grand opening of the Quarry Exhibit Hall on October 4, 2011.

The event began with a traditional Ute blessing by Northern Ute Tribal Elder Clifford Duncan. Utah Governor Gary Herbert was the keynote speaker and, with the help of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce Dinah Mites, performed the ribbon-cutting honors. Other speakers at the event included NPS Deputy Regional Director Laura Joss, Dinosaur NM Superintendent Mary Risser, Dinosaur NM paleontologist Dr. Daniel Chure, and Diane Iverson, a granddaughter of Earl Douglass.

Visitors were able to see the famous wall of bones inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall for the first time since July 2006, when the old building closed for safety reasons. Visitors also enjoyed the new exhibits, including an 86-foot-long mural depicting Dinosaur NM during the Late Jurassic.

The Quarry Exhibit Hall is open daily from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Additional information on how to visit the Quarry Exhibit Hall is available here.

 

Did You Know?

Raft going through rapids.

Whitewater rafting is a popular way to experience the remote canyon areas at Dinosaur National Monument. You can take a licensed commercial rafting trip or you can tackle the river on your own, provided you have a permit, the correct equipment and the necessary experience.