Ely Creek Backcountry Campsites Closed
The Ely Creek backcountry campsites located along the Jones Hole Trail have been closed until further notice due to bear activity in the area. More »
Numerous Campsites Closed in the Green River Campground
A recent tree assessment of the Green River Campground identified potential safety issues with numerous cottonwood trees, requiring us to close many of the campsites. Please plan ahead so that you are not disappointed if the campground is full. More »
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.
Read about the history of the Quarry Exhibit Hall or click on the links below for earlier Construction Updates:
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?
Mormon crickets are wingless grasshoppers that swarm across roads through the summer in the western United States. These flightless insects can form such large swarms that the road appears to move and change colors where they cross.