• Camarasus skull in the cliff face, rafters on the Green River, McKee Springs petroglyphs

    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

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.
NPS Photo
 

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 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) Schedule for July 1 through September 7, 2014

Fossil Discovery Trail Hike
Daily at 10:00 am
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
Daily at 2:30 pm; plus Saturday & Sunday at 10:30 am
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 a Junior Ranger badge. Activity books are available anytime from either visitor center.

Evening Program
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm
30 - 45 minutes
Meet a ranger in the program circle in the Green River Campground for an evening talk. Topics vary from geology, history, wildlife and more. Parking is available for non-campers.

Stories Behind the Stars (starts July 16)
Wednesday & Saturday, start times vary with sunset times - July 16 to August 9 at 9:45 pm, August 13 to August 20 at 9:30 pm, August 22 to September 6 at 9:00 pm
20 - 60 minutes, families with young children are invited to arrive up to 20 minutes early to get a sneak peak through the telescopes
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 in the closed loop on the south side of the Split Mountain Campground. Parking is available for non-campers.

 

Canyon Area (Colorado side) Schedule for July 1 through September 7, 2014

Plug Hat Butte Walk
Sunday at 2:00 pm, topics alternate weekly
1.5-2 hours / 5 mile drive and 1 mile walk
Take a guided walk on this short paved trail with spectacular views over the Uinta Basin. Meet at the Canyon Visitor Center first, then travel to Plug Hat Butte for the walk. Topics alternate weekly: Photo Walk (bring your camera) on July 6, 20; August 3, 17, 31 and Cultural Connections to the Land on July 13, 27; August 10, 24; and September 7.
Difficulty: Easy. This trail is paved and accessible with assistance. Bring water, wear sunscreen and a hat.

Harpers Corner Photo Workshop
Saturday at 3:00 pm on July 19, August 16 and at 2:00 pm on September 20
5-6 hours / 64 mile round trip drive and 2 mile round trip hike
Bring your camera and and optional picnic dinner and explore the scenic Harpers Corner Road and Trail with your own personal ranger/photo coach. Discover how to transform simple snapshots into visual poetry with a few simple techniques. Limited to 12 participants each workshop. Please call the Canyon Visitor Center at 970-374-3012 for reservations.

Echo Park by Moonlight
Friday July 11, August 8, September 5
This program is dependent on dry conditions for the unpaved Echo Park Road
8:00-8:30 pm Junior Night Explorer Activities (all ages welcome)
8:30-9:00 pm Meet the Moon (general audience program)
9:00-10:30 pm Night Hike (flashlights optional, bug repellent recommended)

Canyon Visitor Center Patio Talks
Time 10 - 20 minutes, by request as available
Join a ranger for a short talk to learn more about an interesting feature, place or topic related to Dinosaur National Monument. Topics vary, inquire at the Canyon Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

Photo of paleontologist Earl Douglass.

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.