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Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Dinosaur National Monument

During this road tour we're all for spontaneous detours that lead to epic adventures, and discovering Dinosaur National Monument on our way to Salt Lake City, blew our minds and our van doors wide open! This hidden gem wasn't originally on our 6-month itinerary, but thanks to The Dyrt app, we found the Green River Campground and stumbled upon a fantastic stopover on our way from Steamboat Springs to Salt Lake City. Spend 24 hours camping and exploring Dinosaur National Monument with us!

During this road tour we’re all for spontaneous detours that lead to epic adventures, and discovering Dinosaur National Monument on our way to Salt Lake City, blew our minds and our van doors wide open! This hidden gem wasn’t originally on our 6-month itinerary, but thanks to The Dyrt app, we found the Green River Campground and stumbled upon a fantastic stopover on our way from Steamboat Springs to Salt Lake City.

We were just seeking a peaceful nights rest when we pulled into the Green River Campground near Jensen, Utah. What we discovered was a landscape teeming with prehistoric wonders and abundant recreational opportunities. The Dinosaur Quarry located just five miles from our campsite is the main feature of this park where you can see 150-million-year-old fossilized dinosaur bones embedded in rock!

The unbelievable and awe-inspiring scenery didn’t stop there. Ancient rock formations, sculpted by time, stretched as far as the eye could see. And as a designated Dark Sky Park, Dinosaur National Monument boasts some of the darkest skies in the country – perfect for stargazing enthusiasts like us!

After setting up camp and marveling at the night sky, we spent the next morning exploring the Green River Campground and soaking up the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Yoga by the rushing river was the perfect way to start the day, reconnecting with nature and our inner peace.

On our way out, we popped by the Split Mountain Campground and boat launch, picturing ourselves conquering the rapids on a future visit. The Dinosaur National Monument Visitor Center was our next stop, where we delved into the park’s rich history and geology.

The highlight, of course, was the Dinosaur Quarry. We took the free tram for a closer look at those fascinating fossilized bones and to learn about how they were discovered, then we hiked back down the 0.7-mile trail, keeping our eyes peeled for the adorable prairie dogs peeking out of their burrows.

This unplanned stop at Dinosaur National Monument was a delightful surprise. It’s a fantastic place to learn about dinosaurs, explore ancient landscapes, and reconnect with the wonders of our planet.

Pro Tips:

  • Pack your National Parks Pass or be prepared for the entrance fee.
  • Loop C at Green River Campground is first-come, first-served. We arrived on a weekday in late May and found plenty of sites available.
  • Shade is scarce, and temperatures soar in summer. Be sure to bring plenty of water, especially if you plan on hiking or biking the park’s vast trails.
  • Feeling adventurous? Rafting the Green River through Dinosaur National Monument’s canyons is an unforgettable experience. Permits are required, but guided tours are available.
  • As always, be sure to practice Leave No Trace Principles.

Is Dinosaur National Monument on your adventure bucket list yet? We highly recommend adding it to your itinerary! Stay tuned for more Outshine Adventures as we head into Salt Lake City for Pride.

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