Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, Jensen

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#15 of 128 in Nature in Utah
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. Before you head to Jensen, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Jensen day trip tool , to make sure you see all that Jensen has to offer, including Dinosaur National Monument visitor center.
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  • October 3, 2017
    A small part of this Monument is where most people visit—a dinosaur quarry. The quarry is very interesting, but there is a lot more here. Canyons are easier to see from other parts of the Monument. It...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We stopped here while on a bus tour. Driving through the park itself to the visitor center was most enjoyable with the interesting and colorful rock formations. The modern visitor center contains inte...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Imagine hiking through a semi-arid region and see a skeleton of a Dinosaur. An archaeologist did just that. Modern visitors center. Reasonable admission charge, $20.00/car, and free shuttle to the Qua...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Excellent museum placed right over the quarry, kids can touch the actual bones. Rangers very knowledgeable and helpful. Shuttle to Quarry every 7 mins. Auto tour is great way to see sights on hot afternoons. Informative tour booklet for only $1. Petroglyphs viewable from the road.
  • June 11, 2017
    Great park well worth visiting. Take the shuttle up to the exhibit hall to see real Dino bones partially excavated. It was really cool!
  • June 15, 2017
    Beautiful scenic park combines geology and paleontology. Be sure to do a ranger-led activity while here, as all the rangers are very knowledgeable and great with both kids and adults.
  • June 29, 2017
    You'll be amazed at the number of bones on display! If you are passing nearby, this is worth a stop, especially with the kids. A cool oasis on a hot drive.
  • June 14, 2017
    This was a great experience. unbelievable to see so many dinosaurs bones in one area.

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