to Dinosaur National Monument. The largest quarry
of Jurassic Period dinosaur bones ever discovered is the
source of the 200,000 acre Dinosaur National Monument's
name. Dinosaur National Monument had its beginnings In
1909, twenty miles east of Vernal, when paleontologist
Earl Douglass discovered a 200-foot long sandbar of sorts
which was layered with prehistoric plant and animal fossils.
About 350 million tons of fossils, including full skeletons
and remains of some dinosaur species that were previously
unknown, were excavated at Dinosaur National Monument
by Douglass and his crew.
a year-round visitor center built over the quarry protects
over 2,000 dinosaur bones left exposed in the sandstone
wall at Dinosaur National Monument. Beyond the quarry,
Dinosaur National Monument stretches east into Colorado.
In both the Utah and Colorado portions of Dinosaur National
Monument, there are mapped hikes through mountains, plateaus,
deserts, scenic drives, and the whitewater thrills of
the Green and Yampa Rivers.