Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dinosaur National Monument Fossil Bone Quarry

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, camp 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
Diplodocus leg bone @Dinosaur National Monument
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.

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