Dinosaur National Monument was established on October 4, 1915, as an 80-acre monument to preserve the outstanding fossil resources at the dinosaur quarry north of Jensen, Utah. In 1938 the monument was enlarged to 203,885 acres. This proclamation vastly expanded the land base to include the river corridors and adjacent viewsheds for the major canyons of the Green and Yampa Rivers. On September 8, 1960 minor revisions to the boundary enlarged the monument to 211,141.69 acres, for the construction of entrance roads and administrative sites.
Did You Know?
Whitewater rafting is a popular way to experience the remote canyon areas at Dinosaur National Monument. You can take a licensed commercial rafting trip or you can tackle the river on your own, provided you have a permit, the correct equipment and the necessary experience.