Ranger-led activities are a great way to discover more about Dinosaur National Monument. Programs are offered from late May through mid-September. Additional programs may be available. Ask at a visitor center or look on the Calendar of Events page for more details.
Please Note: Programs may be canceled due to adverse weather for visitor and employee safety, or staffing shortages caused by emergences such as fire or medical situations.
2018 Programs in the Quarry Area (Utah Side)
Fossil Discovery Trail Hike
Daily at 10:00 am from May 26 through September 16
1½ hours / 1.2 miles
Discover fascinating fossils and evidence of ancient ecosystems on a hike from the Quarry Exhibit Hall to the Quarry Visitor Center. Meet at the Quarry Exhibit Hall shuttle stop.
Difficulty: Moderate. This trail includes some stairs and is not recommended for people with a fear of heights. Wear good walking shoes, bring water, wear sunscreen and a hat.
Junior Ranger Program
Daily at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm from May 26 through September 3
Join a ranger at the Quarry Exhibit Hall to learn more about dinosaurs and other topics. Free Junior Ranger Activity books and badges are available anytime at visitor centers and quarry.
Campground Evening Program
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm from May 26 through July 31; at 7:00 pm from August 1 through September 8
Meet a ranger in the program circle in the Green River Campground for an evening talk. Topics vary from geology, history, wildlife and more. Additional nights may be added as staffing allows. Parking is available in B Loop for non-campers.
Stargazing with Telescopes
Wednesday & Saturday at 9:45 pm from June 13 through July 21; at 9:30 pm from July 25 through August 11; at 9:00 pm from August 15 through August 29; at 8:45 pm from September 1 through September 8
Meet rangers and volunteers at the south end of Split Mountain Campground for naked-eye constellation tour and telescope viewing, weather permitting. Parking is available for non-campers. Please cover flashlights with red cellophane (provided) to preserve night vision. Bring a blanket or chair to the viewing area, sit back and look up! This program is best for children over the age of 5. No pets allowed near the telescopes or on Full Moon Walks. Program start times vary with the sunset. Ask at the visitor centers for more details. Full moon hikes will take the place of Stargazing with Telescopes on June 27, July 28, and August 25.
Night Hike Under Moonlight
Wednesday & Saturday at 8:30 pm on June 27 and July 28; at 8:00 pm on August 25
90 minutes/ 1-2 mile hike and sky viewing
Explore the park after dark! Wear good shoes, bring water and a flashlight. Check posters at visitor centers for meeting locations.
Night Sky for the Naked Eye
Monday at 9:45 pm from July 9 and July 16; at 9:30 pm from July 23 through August 13; at 9:00 pm on August 20
20-60 minute talk and sky viewing
Join an Astronomy Volunteer-In-Park at the south end of Split Mountain Campground to learn how to identify features you can see in the night sky with just your naked eye. Parking is available for non-campers.
Introduction to the Quarry
Daily at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm from September 4 through September 16
Have all (or most) of your questions answered about why and how dinosaur fossils were fossilized, excavated and exposed at the Quarry Exhibit Hall. Short talks at the quarry are also available by request at anytime while the Quarry Exhibit Hall is open.