Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, Jensen

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#14 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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  • My wife and I spent two days exploring this monument last fall, and we could easily have spent a couple more days. We knew about the dinosaur quarry in advance. That was very interesting and we spent ...  more »
  • The dinosaur national monument is interesting, but only for the transit. More than two hours you don't need! It goes to the quarry visitor center and Park there. Then, a shuttle bus takes guests to the quarry Hall with the fossils. Back you can take a narrow trail to the visitor center, which is not suitable for people with acrophobia (think of water!). Since the path was end June 2017-locked, we have withdrawn the shuttle bus. We found the other portion of the monument area, the Harpers drive, completely uninteresting. You can save yourself the Harpers drive.
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  • We drove here from Denver, stopping at Dumont Lake on the way for a beautiful picnic. I'm so glad my husband came with my boys and me on this summer getaway because if left to my own devices, we would...  more »
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  • There's so much history and so cool of a place to visit I recommend it for anybody with a family or just want to do some exploring
  • Absolutely gorgeous and beautiful and breathtaking! Great day to celebrate 45 years with my wonderful husband. Thank you Bob, for a fantastic journey through life with you. Looking forward to another 45+! Love you.
  • A national monument I will visit again. Very impressive !
  • Cute, definitely worth a stop. Touristy at the bottom but the top building is super cool. Several staff, many hands on items and interactive screens.
  • It was a hot day and I over extended myself. I am 65 with asthma and heat sensitive. The average person would probably not have a problem. But... it was totally worth the effort. The petroglyphs were amazing. Glad I pushed through.

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