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National Park Getaway

A family takes a look at an allosaurus replica and mural in the Quarry Exhibit Hall
A family takes a look at an allosaurus replica and mural in the Quarry Exhibit Hall
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Date: May 2, 2012
Contact: Dan Johnson, Dinosaur National Monument, (435) 781-7702
Contact: Kat Kirby, NPS Headquarters, (202) 208-6843

DINOSAUR, Colo. - Jurassic-era bones and billion-year-old rock may set the scene for this week's National Park Getaway, but ancient history is only part of the picture.

Originally established to protect the world's largest Jurassic period dinosaur quarry, Dinosaur National Monument, on the northern portion of the Utah-Colorado border, now encompasses more than 200,000 acres of scenic river canyons, mountains, basins and archeological sites.

Dinosaurs, and their fossilized remains, are unarguably a central attraction at Dinosaur National Monument. You'll also find stories of early explorers, intriguing petroglyphs and the natural processes that shaped the land.

When you visit the monument, be prepared to find spectacular scenery and unbounded adventure possibilities. Start your visit by reading this week's National Park Getaway article at www.nps.gov/getaways.

Did You Know?

Picture of dinosaur skull.

Dinosaurs were a remarkably successful group of animals. They lived on the Earth for 160 million years. The fossils at Dinosaur National Monument represent only 10 of the many dinosaur species that existed during that long era.