(Jensen UT)
My trip through Utah included a visit to Dinosaur National Monument. I dry camped in their campground next to the Green River, and spent the next day looking at the bones.

Skeleton of dino in front of mural

Dinosaur Replica

The portion of the quarry exposed in the museum took 32 years of excavation to reach its current state. To me, it looked like a graveyard of bones; everything being all jumbled together.

Exposed layer of bones and debris

Bone Wall

Close-up of dino head fossil

Head Fossil

There were displays explaining it all. But, I was more interested in how thinks looked, than in the science. The staff were very helpful in answering questions.

River below mountains

Green River and Split Mountain

The landscape had a few interesting formations. There were a couple of trails into the surrounding hills. And, there were sections of the park, further up the mountains, that I didn’t explore.

(Vernal UT)
The Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal had an outside garden with models of how they think various dinosaurs appeared. I understood how they got the skeletal parts; but, the final details of the outer appearance puzzled me.

Replica of dino in swamp

Dinosaur Model

Close-up of dinosaur

Another Dinosaur Model

A portion of the monument extends into Colorado, and the wild Yampa River area sounded interesting. It was a nice follow-up to my previous visit at Fossil Butte.

Camp: Dinosaur National Monument-Green River CG
Scene: Fossils, cliffs, river, rocks

2 Responses to Dinosaurs

  1. Dizzy-Dick September 15, 2014 at 12:22 am #

    History and beauty, a great combination.

    • Pleinguy September 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      You’ve got that right!

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