(Feature image: Skull of an Allosaurus Fragilis at Quarry Exhibit Hall in Dinosaur National Monument. Photo Credit: NPS/Dan Johnson)
Everyone is running to the movies to get lost in a world of dinosaurs, which makes this the perfect time to remind you that we have our very own Jurrasic Park right here in Colorado! Since everyone has dino fever, there’s no better time to plan a camping trip to Colorados forgotten monument: Dinosaur National Monument.
Dinosaur National Monument
Celebrate your kids, and your own renewed enthusiasm for adventure, history, as well as, discovery with a trip to Dinosaur National Monument. The monument covers more than 210,000 acres from Colorado to Utah, but, if you want to see dinosaur fossils you have to visit Quarry Exhibit Hall on the Utah side of the monument.
“Wall of Bones”
Quarry Exhibit Hall features the “wall of bones” with approximately 1,500 beautifully preserved dinosaur fossils from numerous different species. Discover our very own Lost World, and learn about the history of the dinosaurs that roamed Dinosaur National Monument in the late Jurrasic.
Camping in Dinosaur National Monument
There are six campgrounds scattered throughout Dinosaur National Monument. However, there is no lodging and no dining facilities. It’s just you and your tent surrounded by the ghosts of 146 million-year-old dinosaurs. It’s the stuff that campfire stories were made of!!
Campgrounds Near the Dinosaurs
There are three campgrounds located near Quarry Exhibit Hall. Most sites are first-come, first-served. Therefore, we recommend arriving early. The campsites that accept reservations, however, can be reserved up to 12 months in advance. All are located along the Green River with views of the Split Mountains.
- Green River Campground – Accommodates tents, as well as, recreational vehicles. Although most sites are first-come, first-served, reservations can be made for sites in the B-loop in peak season. Maximum group size is eight people. Be aware that water is not always available.
- Split Mountain Group Campground – Accommodates tents, as well as, recreational vehicles. Minimums group size is eight people; maximum group size is 25 people and six vehicles per site. Reservations are accepted in peak season up to 12 months in advance. Be aware that water is not always available.
- Rainbow Park Campground – Four walk-in sites that accommodate tents only. No water is available, so be sure to pack accordingly. Although the roads can be tricky or impassable in the winter months, the summer months should have easy access.
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