Operating Hours & Seasons
The monument is open all year, but certain roads and facilities are closed during the winter months. When monument roads are open, they are open 24 hours a day. There are no dinosaur fossils on the Colorado side of the monument. If you want to see Dinosaur Fossils, you must visit the Utah side of the monument near Jensen, Utah. Because Dinosaur's biggest collection of dinosaur fossils are protected by a secured structure called the Quarry Exhibit Hall, visits are only allowed during certain hours.
Please see dates and hours of operation for the monument visitor centers below.
Utah Side of the Monument
Quarry Visitor Center Seven miles north of Jensen, Utah
Access to the Dinosaur Quarry via Shuttle (late Spring to early Fall - see dates above)
Access to the Quarry Exhibit Hall in the busy season is by shuttle bus from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. If you arrive between 8:00 and 9:25 am, you may drive your personal vehicle to the quarry. The access road closes to uphill traffic at 9:25 a.m. and shuttles depart from the visitor center every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The last shuttle leaving the Quarry Exhibit Hall departs at 5:30 p.m. for the return to the visitor center.
Visitors with accessibility needs, or those who are traveling with pets, should inquire at the information desk at the visitor center for directions on how to access the Quarry Exhibit Hall in their personal vehicle.
Access to the Dinosaur Quarry via Timed Caravans (late Fall, Winter and early Spring - see dates above)
Due to both lower visitation and reduced staffing levels in the Fall, Winter and Spring, access to the Quarry Exhibit Hall is by car caravans at set times each day. Visitors begin at the Quarry Visitor Center and drive their personal vehicle to the Quarry Exhibit Hall, following the ranger. Car caravans depart the Quarry Vistor Center at the following times:
When weather, visitation, and staffing levels allow for keeping a ranger stationed in the Quarry Exhibit Hall all day, visitors may drive up on thier own instead of following the timed caravan schedule. This is often determined on a daily basis, so it is best to anticipate the timed caravans if visiting between October and mid May.
Colorado Side of the Monument
Fossils are not visible on this side of the monument
Canyon Visitor Center Two miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado
Did You Know?
Dinosaurs were a remarkably successful group of animals. They lived on the Earth for 160 million years. The fossils at Dinosaur National Monument represent only 10 of the many dinosaur species that existed during that long era.