Explore the Wilds Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument holds a tremendous history of exploration and discovery from the meandering rivers, pre-historic fossils and Native American artifacts found in the area. There are many ways to discover the park for yourself and an endless amount of things to do in and around Dinosaur National Monument.
Things to do in Dinosaur National Monument
Daily Rafting Trips on the Green River
Dinosaur National Monument has a lot to offer travelers. The best way to view the monument if you are just passing through is on a one day whitewater rafting trip through Split Mountain Gorge. This family-friendly section of the Green River is a refreshing activity during the hot months of spring and summer. Known as Utah’s best one-day river rafting trip, Split Mountain Gorge combines beginner to intermediate level rapids with awe-inspiring scenery.
Multi-day Rafting Trips on the Green River and Yampa River
The best way to experience Dinosaur National Monument is full immersion on a multi-day whitewater rafting expedition. Choose from a Four Day Green River rafting trip or Five Day Yampa River rafting trip. Both expeditions offer remote hikes and camps only accessible by raft.
Hiking Dinosaur National Monument
If rafting is not for you, consider exploring Dinosaur National Monument by foot. There are 210,000 acres to explore in the park. Avid hikers will enjoy the vast landscapes and unique rock formations abundant in the area. Short and long hikes can be found from either entrance to the Monument with dinosaur fossils and Native American petroglyphs, pictographs and artifacts featured among many other points of interest.
Driving Dinosaur National Monument
There is limited access to Dinosaur National Monument by road if you’d prefer to see the sights by vehicle. Dirt access roads offer great vantage points for legendary petroglyph and homestead sites. RV and Trailer vehicles are not recommended on many roads in Dinosaur National Monument and travel may be limited to non-winter months.
Don’t forget the Dinosaur Quarry, located just inside the Utah entrance to Dinosaur National Monument. Fossilized remains of more than 2,000 bones have been exposed in a 200-foot-long wall, nestled in a sand bar now enclosed as a permanent exhibit.
Things to do around Dinosaur National Monument
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Flaming Gorge is a reservoir nestled on the Northeastern corner of Utah, bordering Wyoming. The reservoir is over 91 miles long and offers 300 miles of steep and gorgeous shoreline. Visitors to Flaming Gorge enjoy bountiful fishing, wind surfing, boating, hiking and biking. Roughly 1.5 hours from Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge is a great day trip destination for those visiting the Vernal area or as a thoroughfare for travelers headed north to Wyoming.
Utah Field House of Natural History
The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal, Utah showcases eastern Utah’s geologic past and natural history. Exhibits range from geological, paleontological, archaeological and biological displays, reviewing the natural history of the Uintah Basin. The newly built museum also features an outdoor Dinosaur Garden, a prehistoric zoo of full size replicas such as a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus, horned Triceratops, six-ton Stegosaurus and winged Pteranodon.
Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge
Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is a remote river valley on the Green River situated between the Cold Springs and Diamond Mountains. Established in 1963 by Public Land Order, this area provides sanctuary for migratory birds and conserves endangered and threatened species. Visitors to Browns Park enjoy hiking, camping and sightseeing in this amazing, diverse and pristine landscape.
Ski Utah During Winter at Snowbird
Utah’s Premiere Ski Resort
The best powder skiing in Utah is only three and half hours from Dinosaur National Monument at Snowbird Ski Resort. Enjoy a vertical drop of 3,240 feet, the most in Utah, and more than 500 inches of snow annually. Call 801-933-2222 or visit www.snowbird.com for more information.