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Dinosaur National Monument

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									Discover the Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

Divided between two states, with Colorado having the majority holding, Dinosaur
National Monument is a “must see” park for anyone interested in Dinosaurs, and
especially any family with a budding paleontologist in their midst.

Before entering Dinosaur National Monument, remember that you are in a desert area
and stock up accordingly! Although you may be able to purchase refreshments within
the park, this isn’t a theme park and so there may be quite a drive between the visitor
centers. Also ensure that everyone in your party has a hat and that you leave an
itinerary of where you intend to be exploring in the park with someone who will raise
an alert if you don’t return by nightfall. Also observe all safety recommendations that
are posted by the park personnel. This is especially important if you intend to be
hiking in the park.

Having observed the safety requirements, visit the visitor center and find out what
activities are happening in the park that day, and pick up a map so that you know what
there is to see and the best way to get there. If you are just passing through the area,
you could leave your proposed itinerary with the center staff so that they know where
you are heading.

One of the most interesting sections of the park for visitors is the Dinosaur Quarry.
This is actually located in Utah, close to the town of Jenson. Here, in the Dinosaur
Quarry building, you’ll see hundreds of dinosaur fossil bones exposed from the rock.
The quarry itself was proclaimed to be the largest single collection of dinosaur bones
found. Although it’s possible that visitors could be lucky enough to find a previously
undiscovered fossil, it’s illegal to remove any such item from the park and if you are
fortunate enough to be the first person to discover a fossil, you must have it in to the
appropriate authorities in the park. Other points of interest in the park are the
petroglyphs along Park Drive, and cabins that are reported to have belonged to
homesteaders. For those looking for a more physical thrill amongst the ancient
history, there are river trips of various lengths and skill levels on the Green and
Yampa Rivers.

Dinosaur National Monument is a “in the field” museum which shows ancient history
in the shape of the Dinosaur remains that have been uncovered there, the Indian art
that was discovered and also the more modern history of settlers. It’s a unique
experience to record for your vacation photo album.

								
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