Welcome to Dinosaur National Monument


Although dinosaurs once inhabited much of the earth, only a few places have the proper geological and climatic conditions to preserve their skeletons as fossils. Paleontologist Earl Douglass of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum discovered this dinosaur fossil bed, one of the largest in North America, in 1909. Six years later President Woodrow Wilson acknowledged the scientific importance of the area, which straddles the Utah–Colorado border, by declaring it a national monument.

Aside from the quarry, there’s lots to see here. The monument’s starkly eroded canyons provide the visitor with scenic drives, hiking, camping and river running.


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