Dinosaur National Monument
The Dinosaur National Monument entrance is located two miles east of the Town of Dinosaur. Often referred to as the "hidden gem of the National Park System", the original Dinosaur National Monument was a small 80-acre tract located north of Jensen, Utah. What made this small parcel of land so remarkable, was the thousands of dinosaur bones that were found there in 1909, prompting President Woodrow Wilson to proclaim the newly discovered dinosaur beds as a National Monument in 1915. It wasn't until 1938, that the Monument was expanded to include over 200,000 acres that now included the Northwest corner of Moffat County Colorado. The Monument was expanded because of the epic beauty of the canyon lands, and the historical significance of the Indian artifacts found here. Places such as Echo Park, Canyon Overlook, Browns Park and the Zenobia Basin are just a few of the places that you can reach when you enter the park just outside of Dinosaur, Colorado and take the beautiful drive on Harpers Corner Road. Along this drive you will find numerous turnouts showcasing amazing views and signage that tells the rich history of this wonderful place. Make no bones about it , the Colorado side of the park has NO dinosaur bones, but what it does have are epic canyon views, breathtaking hikes, and ample wildlife viewing. Not to mention rafting, camping, petroglyphs and geological formations that cannot be missed. For more information, maps, hours of operation and schedules please visit the Dinosaur National Monument webpage.