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Get Outdoors in Dinosaur Saturday for Free

A ranger leads a group for a hike on the Fossil Discovery Trail
A ranger leads a group for a hike on the Fossil Discovery Trail.

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News Release Date: June 5, 2012
Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7702

Dinosaur, CO - The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at all national parks on Saturday, June 9, for National Get Outdoors Day.

The entrance fee waiver does not include other fees such as those charged for camping, reservations, or use permits such as boating permits.

The new Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The shuttle to see the dinosaur bones at the Quarry Exhibit Hall leaves the visitor center every fifteen minutes from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The Canyon Visitor Center on the Colorado side of the monument is also open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

All monument campgrounds are now open. Green River Campground has water and flush toilets but no hookups. Spaces can accommodate both tents and RVs. Cost for the Green River Campground is $12.00 per site, per night. Deerlodge Park, Echo Park, and Gates of Lodore have water available and pit toilets. The fee for these campgrounds is $8.00 per site, per night. Rainbow Park Campground has pit toilets, but not water available. Rainbow Park Campground is free. Split Mountain Group Campground is also open. Reservations are accepted for this campground by calling (435) 781-7759. Fees for Split Mountain are $25.00 per site, per night, plus a $10.00 non-refundable reservation fee. More information on monument campgrounds can be found at: http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Since Dinosaur National Monument has a range of elevations going from desert to mountains, visitors are reminded to prepare for a variety of conditions. Visitors should bring water and wear sunscreen to protect themselves during the day. Warmer clothing may also be needed for nighttime temperatures. Dinosaur's rivers are extremely cold and swift this time of year. Swimming is not recommended anywhere in the monument.

More information on National Get Outdoors Day can be found online at http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/

Additional fee free days in 2012 are National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29, and the Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12.

Did You Know?

Split Mountain

Split Mountain, the name John Wesley Powell gave to one of the Dinosaur’s most recognizable features, is aptly named: over millions of years, the Green River has carved a canyon into the center of the mountain, splitting it in two.