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Old 08-26-2015, 04:56 AM   #1
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Dinosaur National Monument

We are headed to Utah in 8 days. Going to start our visit in Moab, work our way south, Been there before, this is a 3rd visit.

Going to take I70 west on the trip out, thinking about cutting across Colorado and visiting Dinosaur National Monument for a day. Anybody done this? Worth the trip?


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We were there a few years back. The quarry is very cool (if you like dinosaur bones like we do!). Not much to do after the day, but I would think it a worthwhile side trip.

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Old 08-26-2015, 08:35 AM   #3
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Leaving Moab, heading north, there is a dinosaur site on the left (west). You have to cross a railroad track, then it's a dirt road to the site. A little known, unadvertised spot. Check with the Moab Chamber of Commerce/Visitor's Center to get detailed instructions. We made the trip in our Jeep Grand Cherokee. Bones are exposed, and some are labeled by the Forest Service. A nice experience, although not nearly on the scale of Dinosaur National Monument. There is another site on the right (east) as you continue toward I-70. The visitors center will have information on the at as well.

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The quarry is really interesting, my kids, and later grand kids really enjoy it (me too)

I really like the Tilted Rock self guided tour. The road starts at the Quarry. If you purchase one of the guide books it tells about each stop at various pictographs, petroglyphs, and geological formations along the route. Some are an easy walk, some require a bit more hiking. Make sure you bring water, sunscreen, etc, this is a high desert area. At the end of the road is Josie Bassett Morris's cabin. She lived there from 1913 until 1963 in a cabin, she built herself. The last few miles of the the road are unpaved, but usually maintained. The tour is well worth the time if you are interested in that kind of stuff.
As pets are restricted in/on some of the hiking trails as well as the quarry buildings, plan for that.

The only issues I ever had was being a newbie pulling a 16 foot pop-up trailer with my full size work van. I was a bit challenged parking in the loop at the end. Backing with surge brakes, figuring out what my spouses wildly waving hand gestures while backing up took some getting used to.

My last trip there, July 2015, we actually camped at Steinaker State Park, Utah and drove to the quarry and tour from the campground.

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We stayed at Steinaker State Park, also.
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