Monument Announces Short-term Visitor Center Closure
Contact: Carla Beasley, (435) 781-7700
Superintendent Mary Risser announced that the facility that has served as Dinosaur National Monument’s visitor center since the Quarry Visitor Center’s closure will not be open February 16-19, 2010. During that time, staff will move the visitor center and Intermountain Natural History Association bookstore to a new location in preparation for the upcoming construction of the new visitor center and exhibit hall.
A temporary visitor center just outside the park boundary about four miles north of Jensen, Utah on State Route 149 will serve visitors during construction until the new facilities are open. Among the exhibits is a cast of one of the most complete skeletons of a Jurassic Period meat-eating dinosaur found anywhere in the world. The replica shows the bones just as they were discovered in the field. Remarkably complete, even down to tiny bones of the wrist, this spectacular specimen was found buried in a 150-million-year-old river deposit.
The temporary visitor center will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, but lizards are still a common sight at Dinosaur National Monument. The small, inquisitive reptiles have endured on Earth for more than 300 million years, far outlasting their giant cousins.