Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, Jensen

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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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  • Beautiful park with dinosaur bones, petroglyphs, hiking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and more. Spent 2 days exploring.  more »
  • The scenery at Dinosaur National Monument is quite lovely. This park is rather out of the way, but worth the visit for the scenery. There is both a Utah and a Colorado side to the park, each with...  more »
  • What an impressive view of “ the wall of bones” and it was enclosed in an air conditioned building ! It was 95 degrees outside when we went there. We reserved a spot at Deer Run camp ground a great...  more »
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  • Very interesting place with actual fossils. The kids loved it. My tip: go up with the shuttle and walk down along the fossils track. It is way easier since the weather can be damn hot! The visitor center is well documented and the area at the top is even better showing the actual place where they used to dig out the dinausors.
  • I have been coming to Jensen since I was a small boy, I have visited Dinosaur 20 or more times in my life and every time I am awe struck. Looking back in time at the bones and considering these creatures were walking exactly where you are is very exciting. It is especially fun for kids. I absolutely recommend coming and seeing the bones, and then take a shorts trip up the road and see petroglyphs and Josie's cabin. Trust me you will not be disappointed.
  • Nifty place to learn about dinosaurs found in the Northern Utah area. The dig site is sheltered and air conditioned, so you don't have to die of heat. There's also a tram that'll take you to and from the visitor's centre and the dig site. The fossils are authentic and you can even touch some of the lower ones.
  • Absolutely breathtaking... Took my 6 y/o to see the quarry and he totally geeked out. After listening to him talking about all the dinosaurs we received a fun little workbook for the kids. When we sat down and finished the book, we walked to a nearby ranger and was given a badge. Super fun!
  • Wonderful place to see Dinosaur fossil. Mesmarized to see so many fossils at same place in such a good shape. Must for those kids who are interested in Dinosaurs.

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