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Dinosaur National Monument is Modifying River Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

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Date: March 20, 2020
Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7700

Dinosaur, CO & Jensen, UT – Dinosaur National Monument is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote  public safety. As of Noon, Monday, March 23, 2020, all river trips/operations in Dinosaur National Monument are canceled until further notice. Options to reschedule trips will be provided at a future date.

This change is consistent with other river operation suspensions regionwide, within National Park Service units located within Department of Interior Regions 6, 7, and 8, including Big Bend National Park & Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River (TX), Canyonlands National Park (UT), Dinosaur National Monument (CO/UT), Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ/UT), and Grand Canyon National Park (AZ).

The Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall remain closed until further notice. Staff are exploring other ways to provide virtual access programming to the monument during this closure.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Dinosaur National Monument is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.  

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.   

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.   

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on For specific details about monument operations, please call (435) 781-7700 or email us at e-mail us. You can also follow dinosaurnps on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Last updated: March 20, 2020

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