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    Dinosaur

    National Monument CO,UT

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

 
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Quarry Visitor Center Seven miles north of Jensen, Utah
May 17, 2014 - September 30, 2014 Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
October 1, 2014 - late May 2015 Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving (November 27, 2014), Christmas (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1).

Quarry Exhibit Hall
Seven and a quarter miles north of Jensen, UT. This is where you see dinosaur fossils. Please note that access to the Quarry Exhibit Hall varies with the seasons due to visitation and staffing. See additional information below about shuttles, driving up on your own and timed caravans.
May 17, 2014 - September 7, 2014 Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Shuttle operates daily - see information below)
September 8 - 30, 2014 Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Shuttle operates Saturdays and Sundays only, drive up on your own on weekdays - see information below.)
October 1, 2014 - late May 2015 Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Timed caravans depart the Quarry Visitor Center daily - see information below)
Closed on Thanksgiving (November 27, 2014), Christmas (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1).

 

Access to the Dinosaur Quarry via Shuttle (late Spring to early Fall - see dates above)
To access the Quarry Exhibit Hall, visitors must first stop at the Quarry Visitor Center located approximately ¼ mile from the exhibit hall. The visitor center features a staffed information desk, exhibits, sales area for the Intermountain Natural History Association and park film.

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:

9:30 a.m 1:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m
11:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
4:00 (last trip of the day)







If you arrive after the previous group has departed, you may have to wait up to 1 hour before the next departure. There is a twelve minute film, exhibits, and a bookstore in the visitor center to occupy your time while you wait. You can also take a scenic drive on the Cub Creek Road. Last caravan goes to the quarry at 4:00 p.m.

Each tour of the quarry lasts approximately 45 minutes. Visitors who wish to spend more time in the quarry must exit the Quarry Exhibit Hall until the ranger brings up the next group.


Access to the Dinosaur Quarry via Driving up on your own (early to mid Fall and mid to late Spring, as staffing allows)

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

 
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Canyon Visitor Center Two miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado
The visitor center features a staffed information desk, exhibits, sales area for the Intermountain Natural History Association and park film.


May 2, 2014 - September 28, 2014
Open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
September 29, 2014 - Late Spring, 2015 Closed

Did You Know?

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Mormon crickets are wingless grasshoppers that swarm across roads through the summer in the western United States. These flightless insects can form such large swarms that the road appears to move and change colors where they cross.