Harpers Corner Road Closed for Winter
The Harpers Corner Road is closed for the winter at Plug Hat Picnic Area which is approximately five miles from US Highway 40. The road is tentatively scheduled to open on March 31. More »
Ely Creek Backcountry Campsites Closed
The Ely Creek backcountry campsites located along the Jones Hole Trail have been closed until further notice due to bear activity in the area. More »
Quarry Exhibit Hall Reconstruction is On Schedule
Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Mary Risser reports that the project to rehabilitate the Quarry Exhibit Hall and construct a new visitor center is proceeding on schedule.
A major component of the project is the protection of the fossil wall. Says paleontologist Dan Chure, "This is the first time that a building that protects fossils will be demolished over those fossils. So the project is of great interest to the scientific community."
Protecting the fossils will involve a system with a rope grid a few feet above the fossil wall and a composite mesh placed on top of the rope grid. Scaffolding will suspend the grid over the wall, and plywood panels will create a flat face in front of the fossil wall and a flat decking system above it.
The installation of the protective system is expected to take about 30 days.
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.