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Camp > Destinations > Colorado > Dinosaur NM

Along the Yampa River in Dinosaur.Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument
P.O. Box 210
4545 East Highway 40
Dinosaur, Colorado 81610-9724
Phone: 970-374-3000

 

 

 

 


Dinosaur National Monument is an intriguing area shared by both Colorado and Utah and features, of course, the famous dinosaur pits as well as an array of pictographs and petroglyphs and historical sites. There are several trails and campgrounds.


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Area

210,000 acres

Elevation

5,079 feet

Fees

Fees are charged Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day on the Utah side of the Monument and are good for seven consecutive days. See the Dinosaur National Monument fees page for current rates.

Hours

Open daily. There are two visitor centers within the Monument: Headquarters Visitor Center and Quarry Visitor Center. See the Dinosaur National Monument Operating Hours and Seasons page for current hours.

Facilities

Two visitor centers, self-guided auto tours, nature trails, book stores, restrooms, and picnic areas, and, of course, the Quarry.

Directions

The Monument is located in northwest Colorado and northeast Utah, straddling the border of these states. Locate and travel to U.S. Highway 40. The Monument Headquarters and Visitor Center is 1 mile east of Dinosaur, Colorado, just off of U.S. 40. The Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center is 7 miles north of Jensen, Utah, on Utah State Highway 149.

Coordinates

Map Coordinates (NAD83): 40 31.188N; 108 59.472W

Weather

The Monument sits on the edge of the Great Basin Desert, a region of greatly varied weather.

  • Summers are hot with cool nights and thundershowers in July and August.
  • Winters are cold with moderate snowfall.
  • Roads to the Dinosaur Quarry and Split Mountain Campground are kept open.

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Regulations and Precautions

  • The rivers are not safe for wading or swimming. The water is cold and the current is swift and strong.
  • Thunderstorms can be dangerous. Avoid high, exposed areas when lightning is near. Heavy rains may cause flash flooding in narrow canyons, and make most unpaved roads impassable.

Archaeological Resources Protection Act Hotline: 800-227-7286.

Jones Hole area, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado and Utah.

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