|Entrance to the Utah side of Dinosaur National Monument |
Dinosaur National Monument is a 200,000 acre park that straddles the Utah/Colorado border. Visitors to the park can raft
the Green or Yampa Rivers, see petroglyphs
, take a hike
or explore the Dinosaur Bone Quarry located on the Utah side.
|The Building that Houses the Bone Quarry|
Dinosaur bones were discovered here in 1909 by Earl Douglass
, a paleontologist representing the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
in Pittsburgh, PA. This quarry is often described as a "wall of bones" as fossils from several species of Jurassic era dinosaurs are embedded in an steeply tilted rock layer that was once a river bed.
|Inside the Bone Quarry|
The Wall of Bones in the newly renovated Quarry Exhibit Hall
is impressive in size, but it is only a small portion of the whole excavation area originally worked by Earl Douglass who shipped more than 700,000 tons of material to the Carnegie Museum
|The "Wall of Bones" at Diniosaur National Monument|
|Visitors are invited to touch real fossils in the Dinosaur National Monument Fossil Bone Quarry|
|Camarasaurus skull and spine at Dinosaur National Monument Fossil Bone Quarry|
|The Quarry Exhibit Hall and tram stop overlooks the Green River|
|Getting ready to hike down the Fossil Discovery Trail from the Quarry Bldg to the Utah side Visitor Ctr|
|Fossils can be seen at various spots along the Fossil Discovery Trail|
|Dinosaur National Monument Visitor Center|
Sometimes I have to cajole my children into participating in the National Park Junior Ranger Program
. Each park has an educational brochure/questionnaire specific to each site. Given the educational focus of this park
, no cajoling was needed. My son jumped at the opportunity and really liked the unique, star-shaped paleontology badge.