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Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7702
Dinosaur, CO - "Our new visitor center and exhibit hall opened to the public last fall. We wanted to give our neighbors plenty of time to see the new facilities and the dinosaur bones without having to pay an entrance fee. During the last five months, many local residents have taken advantage of this opportunity," stated park superintendent, Mary Risser. "Since we are now gearing up for the busy visitor season, we have resumed the collection of entrance fees as of March 1. This will provide us with enough time to ensure that proper procedures are in place and the staff is adequately trained before the busy season."
Dinosaur National Monument participates in the congressionally authorized Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act. Under this program, parks keep a percentage of all fees collected while the remaining amount is deposited in a special account to be used in parks where fees are not collected. The fee program plays an important role in resource stewardship, education, and visitor-use management by generating non-appropriated revenues, which supplement appropriated funds to directly benefit visitors and protect parks. Services funded by the fee program include park protection, resource management, information and orientation, maintenance of park facilities, transportation system costs and interpretation. Funds generated by the fees are used to accomplish projects that the parks have been unable to fund through annual Congressional allocations. At Dinosaur, fees helped pay for the design of the new exhibits at the Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall. They also funded trail work and rehabilitation projects at the Josie Morris cabin.
Fees for Dinosaur National Monument are as follows: $10 per vehicle, valid for up to seven days; $5 per person for someone on a motorcycle or bicycle. Frequent visitors to the monument may want to purchase a Dinosaur Annual Pass for $20.00, which is great value for those who come often or bring family and friends when visiting the area. For more information, visit the fees and reservation section of the park website which also includes rates for commercial and non-commercial groups and how school groups can request an academic fee waiver.
While the monument is normally quiet during the winter, facilities and services are still available for park visitors. These include:
Quarry Visitor Center - The new visitor center features exhibits, a theater, and bookstore and is open from 9 am until 5 pm each day. The visitor center also serves as the departure point for car caravans to the Quarry Exhibit Hall with its wall of dinosaur fossils. Caravans leave from the visitor center at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. For more information on the visitor center or exhibit hall, please visit the park website or call 435.781.7700.
Quarry Exhibit Hall - In addition to the fossil wall, the facility features exhibits about dinosaurs and other life from the Jurassic. Park staff will coordinate frequent car caravans to the Quarry at the times listed above. Visitors must first stop at the visitor center before travelling to the Quarry.
Campgrounds -Split Mountain Campground, about three miles from the Visitor Center, remains open and free of charge during the winter, but no drinking water is available. Campers should bring drinking water and be prepared for cold temperatures.
The Cub Creek Road, a 6-mile scenic drive beginning east of the Split Mountain Campground, normally open all winter. Visitors in this area can explore the Josie Morris homestead and walk into several box canyons located nearby. The last two miles of the road is unmaintained during the winter. While snowfall is sparse in this part of the monument, visitors should be prepared for winter conditions and changing winter weather.
Winter is a wonderful time to visit Dinosaur National Monument. Days are cold, but often sunny. Solitude is readily available on many trails. Wildlife, like deer, elk and bighorn sheep, may be seen along the rivers. Please be alert for animals crossing the roads particularly at dawn and dusk.
Remember that Dinosaur's weather is unpredictable and can change rapidly. Visitors should always be prepared for a range of conditions. For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call us at (435) 781-7700. You can also find us on facebook or follow DinosaurNPS on twitter.