Dinosaur National Monument

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Located in northwestern Colorado and eastern Utah, Dinosaur National Monument protects more than 800 paleontological sites.  President Woodrow Wilson declared the monument on October 4, 1915. In 1938, the Monument expanded by over 200,000 acres to provide additional preservation and protection for the fossils.

Included in findings are Allosaurus,  Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus,  Diplodicus, and Stegosaurus. These fossils, as well as others, can be seen in the Quarry Building. A section of  exposed Morrison Formation, enabled discoveries starting in 1909 by Earl Douglass, a paleontologist for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The Quarry Building is located on the Utah section of the Monument near Jensen. The Quarry Building is the only exposed exhibit of fossils in the monument.  Shuttle buses transport visitors to the Quarry Building from the Visitor Center during the busy spring through summer months. The Monument in the winter months groups visitors for transport to the Quarry Building on a schedule to facilitate the 45 minute quarry tour.

Activities: camping, backpacking and backcountry camping, bicycling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, stargazing.

Dinosaur National Monument has six camp grounds with 120 sites, with three campgrounds located in both states. 

Green River:  (4 miles east of the Quarry Visitor Center), 79 sites, flush toilets, water, no RV hookups or showers, open from April to the middle of October.  Map

Split Mountain: (4 miles east of the Quarry Visitor Center) 4 group sites- check availablilty:  (recreation.gov).

Rainbow Park: (28 miles from the Quarry Visitor Center), 4 sites for tent camping, vault toilets, no water  Map

Echo Park: (38 miles north of Canyon Visitor Center), 22 sites, 1 group camping site, not suitable for RVs, water available during season, vault toilets.  Map

Deer Lodge: (53 miles east of the Canyon Visitor Center) 7 walk in sites, tent camping, each site maximum of 25 campers, water during season, no RV hookups, vault toilets.

Gates of Lodore: (106 miles north of the Canyon Visitor Center) 19 sites for tents and RVs, no RV hookups, located on the Green River, vault toilets.  Map