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. Here's a sample of programs from 2017.
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.
Quarry Area (Utah Side)
Introduction to the Quarry
Daily at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm (final program on September 30, 2017)
Have all (or most) of your questions answered about why and how dinosaur fossils were fossilized, excavated and exposed here.
Fossil Discovery Trail Hike
1½ hours / 1.2 miles
Discover fascinating fossils and evidence of ancient ecosystems on a hike from the Quarry Exhibit Hall to the 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.
Daily at 10:00 am (final program on September 17, 2017)
Learn about the complex geology of Dinosaur National Monument.
Junior Ranger Program
Daily at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm (final program on September 3, 2017)
Join a ranger at the Quarry Exhibit Hall to learn more about dinosaurs and geology. Free Junior Ranger Activity books and badges are available anytime at visitor centers and quarry.
Campground Evening Program
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 7:00 pm (final program on September 16, 2017)
Meet a ranger in the program circle in the Green River Campground for an evening talk. Topics vary from geology, history, wildlife and more. Parking is available for non-campers.
Stargazing with Telescopes
Wednesday & Saturday at 9:00 pm (final program on September 16, 2017)
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 the Stargazing program when the program coincides with a full moon.
Night Sky for the Naked Eye
Monday at 9:45 pm (final program on August 28, 2017)
20-60 minute talk and sky viewing
Learn how to identfy reatures you can see in the night sky with just your naked eye.