Things To Know Before You Come
Proper planning and preparation will help ensure you have an enjoyable visit and get the most out of your tme at Dinosaur National Monument. While most visitors visit only the dinosaur fossils at the Quarry Exhibit Hall, there is much more to the Monument. While here, you may want to explore Fremont petroglyph sites, historic homesteads and ranches, the many miles of hiking trails, scenic views from the Harpers Corner Road or wild canyons on a whitewater rafting trip.
Dinosaur covers over 210,000 acres and is spread across two states. It can take over four hours to drive from the Quarry Visitor Center in the Utah portion of the monument to the Gates of Lodore area located on the north end of the monument in Colorado. Remember that the nearest fuel, lodging, and other services may be over an hour drive from various points in the monument.
Did You Know?
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.