Basic Information

Dinosaur's climate is semiarid with temperatures averaging between 0°F to 30°F in January and 50°F to 100°F in July. Extreme winter low temperatures may reach -40°F and summer highs can top 110°F. Elevations within the park vary between 4,700 and 9,000 feet. Winter snow may be heavy at higher elevations while only light to moderate snow is found at lower elevations. Summer thunderstorms may cause heavy downpours and localized flooding, but fail to dampen parched soils less than a mile away.

Entrance Fees:

Dinosaur Entrance Fee - Private Vehicle - $25.00

Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (14 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.

Dinosaur Entrance Fee - Motorcycle - $20.00

Admits all occupants on a private, non-commercial motorcycle

Dinosaur Entrance Fee - Per Person - $15.00

Admits one individual with no car to the monument - typically used for bicyclists and walk-ins. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.

Entrance Passes:

Dinosaur Annual Pass - $45.00

Valid for 12 months from purchase date. Admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle(14 passenger capacity or less) to Dinosaur National Monument.

Quarry Visitor Center

Located 7 miles north of Jensen, Utah on Highway 149, the Quarry Visitor Center is the gateway to the Quarry Exhibit Hall and the wall of dinosaur bones. Exhibits at the Quarry Visitor Center introduce the variety of resources and places to explore within the monument. This facility features a staffed information desk, a sales area for the Intermountain Natural History Association and a theater with a twelve-minute park film. During the summer, shuttle buses depart from here for the Quarry Exhibit Hall.

Canyon Visitor Center

Located near Dinosaur, Colorado, at the base of the Harpers Corner Road, the Canyon Visitor Center is the gateway to the monument's mountains and river canyons. Exhibits orient visitors to the monument's facilities. An Intermountain Natural History Association bookstore sells items that will further enhance your experience. Staff are available to answer questions and a park film is shown throughout the day. Restrooms and water are available during business hours. Dinosaur fossils are not found in this area.

Quarry Exhibit Hall

The Quarry Exhibit Hall allows visitors to view the wall of approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones in a comfortable space regardless of the weather. You can see the remains of numerous different species of dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodicus, and Stegosaurus along with several others. Exhibits, including an 80-foot long mural, reveal the story of these animals and many others that lived in the Morrison environment during the late Jurassic.

 
 

One Monument in Two States

Dinosaur National Monument is spread over 210,000 acres along the Colorado and Utah border. Each part of the monument offers different experiences and things to see.

Dinosaur Fossils

If you want to see Dinosaur Fossils, the Utah side of the monument is where you will want to go. Utah State Highway 149 takes visitors from US Highway 40 in Jensen, Utah into the monument and to the Quarry Visitor Center. Depending on the season, you may either drive to the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall or in summer, a shuttle bus will take you.

Canyons and Rivers

If you desire is to see some of the spectacular canyon country scenery, the Colorado side is the place for you. The Harpers Corner Road is a 32 mile scenic drive that includes overlooks of the Yampa and Green rivers. The short Harpers Corner Trail at the road's end is a must to get the most dramatic views. For those with a high clearance vehicle, The drive to Echo Park will take you into the depths of the river canyons.

More Information

See the links at left or below to learn more about operating hours, fees & passes, current conditions, permits & reservations, and traveling with pets. Proper planning and preparation will help ensure you have an enjoyable visit and get the most out of your time at Dinosaur National Monument. 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.

Operating Hours & Seasons
Visit the operating hours & seasons page to learn the hours of monument visitor center and the Quarry Exhibit Hall

Fees & Passes
How much does it cost to visit Dinosaur National Monument? Visit the fees & passes page to learn about entrance fees, various passes that are available and camping fees.

Current Conditions
Visit the current conditions page to find out about the status of any monument roads or trails.

Weather
Summers can be very hot and winters bitter cold. Check out the weather page for links to a current forecast and average temperatures throughout the year.

Safety
Your safety is our number one priority. Visit the safety page for important information.

Pets
While your pet is welcome in the monument, pets are not allowed on most trails, in the monument's backcountry, or in public buildings. Due to the hot summer temperatures, do not planning on leaving pets in a vehicle for any amount of time. See our pets page for more information on visiting with your pet.

Last updated: February 27, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610

Phone:

(435) 781-7700

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