Based on local, state, and federal public health guidelines, the number of people entering the Quarry Exhibit Hall must be reduced from normal visitation levels for public safety. The monument is aiming to increase public access while providing visitors with a reasonable opportunity to comply with health guidelines. The timed ticket reservation system is a temporary system that has been created to address public health concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The timed ticket system only applies to access for the shuttle and Quarry Exhibit Hall. All other parts of the monument will be open for recreation as they have in the past, and tickets will not be necessary for anyone river rafting, hiking, camping, scenic driving, stargazing or other park activities. Additionally, Dinosaur National Monument will terminate the ticketing system once the park is able to safely resume normal operations based on state and local public health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Ways to Get a Reservation
Timed tickets for the Dinosaur Quarry are available via recreation.gov. Visitors are encouraged to make their reservations before they arrive at the monument.
Questions and Answers
Will all the tickets be allocated online ahead of time? What happens if someone arrives at the monument without a ticket?
Tickets should be reserved online through Recreation.gov, ideally before arriving. The majority of reservable tickets will be available up to two weeks in advance with the remaining tickets available for reservation 48 hours before entry. Depending on availability, tickets may be reserved for same day visits within 30 minutes of the ticket time. If you arrive without a ticket and all available tickets have been sold out, you will be unable to access the Dinosaur Quarry, but we invite you to explore other areas of the monument.
What about local residents – will there be a special opportunity for them to get in?
A portion of tickets for each day are set aside in Recreation.gov for last minute reservations - 48 hours prior to use. While those would not be reserved for residents, it is an option available to locals. It is also important to note that timed entry only applies to the shuttle and Quarry Exhibit Hall, so locals would still be able to access the rest of the monument without a reservation, as they have in the past.
How many quarry tickets can I purchase?
Each Recreation.gov user can obtain up to 8 Quarry Tickets per day. Each individual over the age of 2 in the party must have an individual ticket.
Does the temporary ticket system apply to all areas of the monument?
No. Timed tickets apply only to access for the shuttle and Quarry Exhibit Hall. All other parts of the monument are open for recreation as they have in the past. Tickets are not necessary for anyone river rafting, hiking, camping, scenic driving, stargazing or other activities.
Do I need a timed ticket for the Quarry Exhibit Hall if I paid the entrance fee or I have an annual pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass, Volunteer Pass, or 4th Grade Pass?
Yes. You must have a ticket to visit the dinosaur quarry. If you paid the entrance fee you will only need to pay the $1 USD ticket fee. Annual passes are for the payment of entrance fees, so in this case an annual pass holder will only need to pay the $1 USD ticket fee.
If I purchase a timed ticket for the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall, do I need to pay the entrance fee or present my annual pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass, Volunteer Pass, or 4th Grade Pass?
How can I create an account in Recreation.gov?
It is possible to create an account directly on the Recreation.gov website or mobile app. You will need to have an account before reserving tickets. Recreation.gov provides resources to get visitors started.
I don’t have a computer and/or smart phone. Could tickets be picked up and/or purchased in person?
Tickets should be reserved in advance through Recreation.gov, either online or through the mobile app. For visitors without access to a computer or smart phone, tickets can be purchased through the Recreation.gov call center (1-877-444-6777) which is open from 10 am to 6:30 pm ET, Monday through Saturday. Expect long wait times when calling Recreation.gov. Talk to a ranger at the Quarry Visitor Center if you arrive without a ticket and need assistance.
Can I give or sell my quarry ticket to someone else?
No. Tickets are non-transferable. Tickets are only valid for the person who secured the ticket. If tickets were secured for a group by a single person, that person must be present.
What if I miss my time window to enter the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall?
Please be prompt and ready to depart the Quarry Visitor Center and enter the Quarry Exhibit Hall within the 30 minute entry window on your ticket. Visitors should plan to either drive up in their personal vehicles or time their hike on the Fossil Discovery trail to enter the Quarry within the 30 minute entry window printed on their ticket. While staff will try to accommodate late arrivals, priority for entry into the Quarry will be those who have their tickets and are present. There is no guarantee there will be space inside the Quarry if you run into another group's ticketed time.
How long will this temporary timed ticket system remain in place?
The NPS COVID-19 Adaptive Operations Recovery Plan allows parks to use temporary timed ticketing to more safely manage the pace and flow of visitor use in the dinosaur quarry area, reduce crowding, and provide an improved visitor experience commensurate with the park’s safe operational capacity. The ticketing system will be terminated once the monument is able to safely resume normal operations based on state and local public health and CDC guidelines. Currently, timed tickets through Recreation.gov are available through October 29, 2020 with possible extension or changes to the timed ticket system past that date.
Last updated: October 21, 2020