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 in the Colorado portion of the monument. If you want to see Dinosaur Fossils, you must visit the Utah side of the monument near Jensen, Utah.
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)
Summer Access to the Dinosaur Quarry
Summer access to the Quarry Exhibit Hall is by shuttle bus only from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. If you arrive prior to 9:30 am, you will be allowed to drive your personal vehicle to the quarry. The access road closes to uphill traffic at 9:30 and shuttles depart from the visitor center every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The last bus leaving the Quarry Exhibit Hall departs at 5:30 p.m. for the return to the visitor center.
Visitors with accessibility needs should inquire at the information desk at the visitor center for directions on how to access the Quarry Exhibit Hall.
Fall, Winter, and Spring Access to the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall
Due to both lower visitation and reduced staffing levels during our off season, access to the quarry is by car caravans. Visitors drive their personal vehicle to the quarry, following the ranger. Rangers lead car caravans to the exhibit hall at the following times:
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?
A population of peregrine falcons has been established at Dinosaur National Monument. The park's rugged canyons make ideal habitat for the once endangered raptor. Fossils show that dinosaurs evolved into birds--and so still live in modified form at Dinosaur.