At Dinosaur National Monument you can ride a river raft through 10,000 years of history.
As you glide along the Green and Yampa Rivers, striated red rock canyons rise above you, packed with the fossilized remains of dinosaurs that once roamed these lands. Scan the cliffs and you may spot petroglyphs and pictographs left behind by Fremont, Ute, and Shoshone Indians.
Reflect on the fact that you are just one of many creatures to pass through this scenic and mysterious place. But don’t get too lost in thought! These rivers feature Class III, IV, and V rapids that can easily toss you a little too close to the rocks.
Begin your exploration of Dinosaur National Monument at one of the visitor centers, where you can watch a film about the area’s history and inhabitants, then visit the Quarry Exhibit Hall where you can examine a cliff face embedded with more than 1,400 real dinosaur bones that took paleontologists nearly 45 years to excavate. Then set out for a day-long river ride, hike one of the monument’s many trails, or enjoy the Tour of the Tilted Rocks or the Harpers Corner Auto Tour from the comfort of your car.
There are many ways to experience the rugged beauty and rich history of Dinosaur National Monument.
If You Go:
Junior Ranger and Junior Paleontologist programs give kids a chance to earn a badge while they learn about fossils and geology.
Did You Know:
Petroglyphs are images that have been scratched into the rock, while pictographs are painted on the surface. You can see both ancient art forms at Dinosaur National Monument.