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Guided Tours

Visitors explore the Fossil Discovery Trail with a park ranger.
Visitors head out to explore the Fossil Discovery Trail with a park ranger.
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Ranger-led activities are a great way to discover more about Dinosaur National Monument. Programs are offered from late May through late September. Additional programs may also be available. Ask at a visitor center.

Please Note: Programs may be cancelled due to adverse weather for visitor and employee safety, or staffing shortages caused by emergences such as fire or medical situations.

Quarry Area (Utah Side)

Fossil Discovery Trail Hike (Starts May 24, 2014)
Daily, 10:00 am & 1:00 pm
1½ hours / 1.2 miles
Discover fascinating fossils and evidence of ancient ecosystems on a hike from the Quarry Exhibit Hall to the visitor center. Meet at the Quarry Exhibit Hall shuttle stop.
Difficulty: Moderate. This trail includes some stairs and is not recommended for people with a fear of heights. Wear good walking shoes, bring water, wear sunscreen and a hat.

Junior Ranger (starts May 24, 2014)
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 am & 2:30 pm
20 - 30 minutes
Kids of all ages can join a ranger inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall to learn more about dinosaurs and work on activities to earn your Junior Ranger badge.

Evening Program (starts May 24)
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 7:00 pm
30 - 50 minutes

Meet a ranger in the program circle in the Green River Campground for an evening talk. Topics vary may be geology, history, wildlife or much more.

Stories Behind the Stars (starts June 7)
Wednesday & Saturday, 10:30 pm
30 - 60 minutes
Dinosaur's skies are some of the darkest in the U.S. Bring a camp chair or blanket to learn about the night sky with stories and telescopes (weather permitting). Meet on the south side of the Split Mountain Campground.


Canyon Area (Colorado side)

Programs on the Colorado side are offered when staffing and visitation permit. Notices about programs in this part of the monument will be posted at the Canyon Visitor Center. Past programs have included:

Plug Hat Butte Walk
Time 1 hour Length: 1 mile round trip
Take a walk on this short trail with spectacular views over the Uinta Basin. Learn about the area's geology, plant and animal life. Meet at Plug Hat Butte trailhead.
Difficulty: Easy. This trail is paved and accessible with assistance. Bring water, wear sunscreen and a hat.

Canyon Visitor Center Patio Talk
Time 10 - 20 minutes
Join a ranger for a short talk to learn more about an interesting feature, place or topic related to Dinosaur National Monument. Topics vary. Meet at the patio outside the Canyon Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

Picture of lizard resting on a rock.

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.