They Once Roamed Here

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes roamed Earth. They went extinct 65 million years ago, but today scientists study their bones, fossils, and tracks to learn about how they lived. National parks (including one—Dinosaur National Monument—that takes its name from dinosaurs!) are home to many discoveries of these ancient creatures. Discover how national parks protect and study dinosaur fossils and how you can visit those sites.

Map of the United States showing all units of the National Park System
Find a Park!

Looking to visit a park? Discover the parks where you can learn more about dinosaurs.

Two fish fossils exposed near a cliff face
Fossils & Paleontology

Fossils are evidence of ancient life. Learn more about fossils, where to find them, and how the National Park Service protects them.

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National Fossil Day

Join paleontologists, educators, and students in fossil-related events and activities across the country during this annual celebration.

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National Natural Landmarks

From Triassic to Cretaceous, learn about the rise and fall of the dinosaurs in the Telling the Dinosaur Story video series.

Last updated: October 17, 2019