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Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, Jensen

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Dinosaur National Monument visitor center was once home to prehistoric creatures, as well as civilizations dating back 800 to 1,200 years. The park's main draw is Quarry Exhibit Hall, where you'll find 1,500 dinosaur fossils and intact dinosaur bones exposed, including a nearly complete skull. You can also learn more about the Fremont people who lived here through the petroglyphs they left behind on rock walls. Drive one of the park's many scenic routes for views of the mountains and possible sightings of wildlife like deer, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs. You can also explore the park by foot on a hiking trail, or try white-water rafting on the Green or Yampa rivers for a closer look at the park's remote canyons. Ranger-led programs offer the chance to explore the park a little deeper; ask at the visitor center for more information on current programs. Put Dinosaur National Monument visitor center into our Jensen itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Where else in the world would you find such an extensive range of dinosaur fossils housed in such an impressive all weather building? This display is a one of a kind and not to be missed by any travel...  read more »
  • This was such a pleasant surprise. We were underwhelmed, and expecting little, as we left the visitors center at the entry Gate. However, just a quick trip up the hill to the quarry changed that. Insi...  read more »
  • The Quarry entrance to Dinosaur National Park puts you within a 15 minute drive/ride to the Carnegie Quarry. Though the free shuttle ride is not wheelchair friendly, there are options to get up there....  read more »
  • Well worth the drive, even from the city to visit. All sorts of cool stops in the Park including petroglyphs and Josie's cabin. The quarry is an amazing place to see at least once in your life, and kids will love how the rangers interact and talk about dinosaurs with them.
  • The only thing we didn't care for was the need to ride a trolley up to this spot. It seemed really unnecessary, but it did give us the opportunity to take our time there, and walk the Fossil trail back. Overall, a lot of fun, once you get past all the kids and rude parents with strollers (these are the same people that text and drive).
  • The visitor center is ok. They have a short video that gives you a little history to the quarry. They also have a small but decent gift shop where you can buy fake dinosaur bones. Make sure to get your National Park Services book stamped. They have free shuttle rides every 15 minutes to the quarry. The quarry is a MUST SEE!
  • Wish we had more time to be there. At first my spouse did NOT want to do this thought it was dumb BUT once we got there wow what a transformation in attitude. Extremely enjoyed.
  • Great gift shop, introductory film and helpful staff. The shuttle bus to the quarry runs from here.
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