Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

Don't just walk the path of dinosaurs. Touch, feel, hear, and explore it at the new Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. Evidence of the earth's entire geological history is visible within an 80-mile radius of Vernal. At its center is the 22,000-square foot Utah Field House Museum, which opened in June 2004.

The museum displays a wonderful full size skeleton of a diplodocus and contains other good archaeological and geological displays. Of the latter, a display of ultraviolet rocks is especially striking.

Vivid murals and tile floors help visitors connect geological time to real-time places in Vernal. Life-size replicas of dinosaurs sneak into the museum through windows looking out onto our new Dinosaur Gardens. Curious visitors, can do their own investigating with books, models, puzzles, and bones and chisels.

Dinosaur National Monument, Utah Travel Guide

Dinosaur National Monument has two identities. It was originally established as a national monument to protect an area that was one of the most productive sources of dinosaur bones in the world. This original area is home to the famous Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall, a structure built over an actual quarry, displaying some 1,500 exposed bones from 11 different dinosaur species. Visitors are allowed to touch and feel the bones embedded in the rock. Aside from dinosaurs, the monument also includes pleasant scenic drives, Indian petroglyphs and the Tour of Tilted Rocks, which takes you to the preserved cabin of a female homesteader Josie Basset Morris.

Dinosaur National Monument includes 300 square miles of great high desert canyon country through which the Green and Yampa Rivers flow. Viewed from the top, you can see the end of the Rockies and the start of the desert. This area, the Canyon Country, offers good scenery and some hiking and whitewater rafting opportunities on the two rivers. You'll want to explore Dinosaur National Monument thoroughly indeed.

Dinosaur National Monument straddles the Utah/Colorado border in the northwest corner of Colorado. The bulk of the canyon country area lies in Colorado. About 25% of the park, including the quarry area, is in Utah. There are a myriad of unpaved and nearly deserted roads available for exploration by car or bike. Rafting the Yampa River is also popular, with numerous outfitters that can simply shuttle you, or guide you on a multiple day trip. Depending on the time of year, the Yampa is a good river for beginners or the more advanced. There are numerous pristine petroglyphs in the area.

The Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall was closed for several years during reconstruction but was reopened in 2011. Visiting hours are from 9:15am to 4:45pm (last trip up to the quarry at 4:15pm) daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. The visitors center is located 1/2 mile from the Quarry Exhibit Hall and is open 9am - 5pm.

The Visitor's Center and Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall are found by taking Highway 149 north from Jensen, UT to the park. Rangers lead visitors up to the Quarry by car caravans between October and April. The nearest substantial town is Vernal, UT - about 14 miles to the northwest on highway 40.

Uintah County Daughters Of Utah Pioneers Museum

Pioneer museum built around The Bishops store house or tithing house.With among other thing, pioneer Dr. Harvey Coe Hullinger's medical equipment, The Vouge Theatre's musical organ. An authentic Mormon hand cart to name a few.

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Both sides of the Green River are preserved wild in the 12,150 acres of this refuge. Migratory birds such as the Great Basin Canada Goose find nesting grounds here. If birds are less interesting to you than animals of the four-legged variety, keep an eye out for elk, moose and otter.


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