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Celebrate National Park Week with Free Entrance to Dinosaur National Monument
Contact: Dan Johnson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services, (435) 781-7702
Dinosaur, CO - To encourage people to explore America's natural beauty, rich history and culture, the National Park Service will waive admission fees during National Park Week, April 21 - 29, 2012. This includes Dinosaur National Monument located along the Colorado and Utah border. Each year, we take this time to celebrate what we all have inherited as Americans - 84 million acres of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures.
Whether it is your first trip, or the latest of many memorable park experiences, National Park Week is a chance for all Americans to get active while experiencing the amazing places that make up the national park system for FREE. Visit any of America's national parks and enjoy free admission all week long! For more information on National Park Week, visit their website. The fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not include fees for special permits or camping.
"Spring is a great time to visit Dinosaur National Monument," according to park superintendent Mary Risser. "Wildflowers like phlox and paintbrush are beginning to bloom at lower elevations, such as along the Sound of Silence Trail. Big horn sheep, mule deer and other animals are bearing young. Birds are returning to their summer nesting sites. You can also enjoy gazing at the wall of dinosaur bones in the newly refurbished Quarry Exhibit Hall before our peak visitation arrives in the summer."
For those planning a visit to Dinosaur National Monument during National Park Week, the Quarry Visitor Center on the Utah side of the monument is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The visitor center features exhibits, a theater and bookstore and also serves as the departure point for car caravans to the Quarry Exhibit Hall with its wall of dinosaur fossils. Caravans leave from the visitor center at scheduled times throughout the day. Visitors must first stop at the visitor center before driving to the Quarry. In addition to the fossil wall, the Quarry Exhibit Hall features exhibits about dinosaurs and other life from the Jurassic. For more information on the visitor center or exhibit hall, please visit the park website or call (435) 781-7700.
On the Colorado side of the monument, the Harpers Corner Road is open. The Harpers Corner Road is a scenic 32-mile one way drive that leaves U.S. Highway 40 two miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado and provides access to several trails and views into the Green and Yampa River canyons. The Canyon Visitor Center, which is located at the start of the Harpers Corner Road, will open for the summer on May 6.
Remember that Dinosaur's weather is unpredictable and can change rapidly. Visitors should always be prepared for a range of conditions. Wildlife, like deer, elk, and bighorn sheep, may be seen. Please be alert for animals crossing the roads, particularly at dawn and dusk. For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call us at (435) 781-7700. You can also find us on facebook or follow DinosaurNPS on twitter.
Did You Know?
Paleontologist Earl Douglass first came to Utah looking for mammal fossils. He returned in 1909 and discovered an immense deposit of dinosaur bones, now protected at Dinosaur National Monument. Although made famous by dinosaurs, Douglass died preferring his beloved mammal fossils over dinosaurs.