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Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, Jensen

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#14 of 128 in Nature in Utah
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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. 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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  • This place is out of the way in the middle of nowhere. As you approach, in the distance is a massive rock formation jutting from the earth, somewhat dinosauric in appearance. The Green River snakes to...  more »
  • It was awesome to see the actual site where many of the dinosaur exibibits at other museums came from. The geography was just right to deposit a massive amount in one spot. You can see and touch fossi...  more »
  • We were more than pleasantly surprised by this park. It is only 7 miles off Hwy 40 and the road is a good one. The museum is top rate with friendly, informed park rangers available to answer questions...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great park well worth visiting. Take the shuttle up to the exhibit hall to see real Dino bones partially excavated. It was really cool!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This was a great experience. unbelievable to see so many dinosaurs bones in one area.

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