National Parks / Natural World
Dinosaur National Monument Dinosaur
Where is it at?
Dinosaur National Monument
4545 E. Highway 40
Tel: 970 374-3000
Where are we going today?
DINOSAURS! We know you're just as excited as we are! Dinosaur National Monument is an amazing part of the USA where visible remains of these amazing creatures still lie embedded in the rocks. Around them, the desert, mountains, and rivers flowing through the deep canyons support and incredible array of wildlife that kids can experience.
If you are coming to see dinosaur fossils, then you are in luck because just the tip of the iceberg is the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall, where there are 1,500 bones still encased in the rocks.
Here, the whole family can get right up close to a huge wall filled with different species of dinosaurs, from the Allosaurus, Diplodicus and Stegosaurus.
There is even a great 80 foot long mural which reveals the stories of these creatures that lived int he late Jurassic period. There are even several amazing places where you can actually TOUCH a 149 million year old dinosaur fossil - how amazing is that!
What's great about Dinosaur National Monument is the fact that there is SO much more to do once you have finished admiring all those amazing dinosaurs.
There is whitewater rafting to get the adrenaline pumping, and star gazing to finish your amazing day. There are amazing trails for hiking and cross country travel, and if you want to prolong your stay in the area, there are several campgrounds located across the park where you can stay - and sleep where the dinosaurs once roamed!
So why did the dinosaur cross the road? To get to the Dinosaur National Monument of course!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$10 one private vehicle. $5 for walk in
- ChildrenSame As Adult
When can we go?
The park is open 24 hours. Quarry Visitor Center open 9am - 5pm Winter, and 8am - 6pm Summer.
There are self-guided and ranger-guided activities, where the topics can include dinosaurs, geology, and ecology, .
There aren't any restaurants in the park, but there are several picnic areas where you can enjoy some food that you have prepared yourself!.
Make sure you stock up on plenty of water! .
Any Top Tips?
Check out the Junior Ranger program for kids so they can complete some fun activities! .
Doing our bit
The park is dedicated to preserving these amazing fossils, and to continue to keep searching for more amazing species to share with the world. .
Need a little extra help?
There are reserved parking spaces avialable as well as accessible walkways to the visitor center, which also has accessible restrooms. Ask about the trails at the visitor center as they vary. .
Pets are very welcome in the monument but aren't allowed on most trails or in the buildings. .
What people are saying?
by Richard Burnson
The wall of 1500 fossils is truly amazing to see in person. We also had a guided tour from Tiffany along the Fossil Discovery Trail. It was a good hike but she went into a lot of detail on explaining the eras the different formation were from and how to spot the fossils still in the rocks. She really took her time and focused her attention with my daughter. It's great to see such devotion to her job. Definitely recommend visiting this location with any kids interested in dinosaurs.
by Greg Nichols
While a small in size its full of bones, good info, a great little hike (where you can see some fossils up close). We spent about 2 hrs there and had a great time.
by Indo Gemstone
by Sabrina Butler
Well worth the drive. The rangers were very informative and interesting. The dinosaur bones in the wall are amazing, it really makes you think. Also, go to the cabin and petroglyphs.
by Chris Reavis
There are no actual dinosaurs fossils at the national monument in Colorado. Its just a gift shop with photos and facts. We drove 6 hours from Idaho and drove right past the town of Jensen to get to the national monument to get there and find out the actual fossils are 35 miles back the way we came. Very disappointing! Google Maps takes you to the monument in Colorado but the fossils are in Utah. Website didn't seem to say anything either.
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