It’s time to step back in time…to the age of the dinosaurs.
I’ve been to dinosaur museums before. I’ve stood at the foot of enormous, life-sized dinosaur bones (casts, really). I’ve read dinosaur books to my kids.
But never before had I walked in their footsteps, touched the bones, observed where they walked….and died.
The main attraction at Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal, Utah area is an old river bed where hundreds of dinosaur bones settled. You can get right up to several of the bones and touch them (germaphobes might not like the idea of everyone touching the same things, day after day…).
If you’re wondering, YES, touching real dinosaur bones is just as exciting as it seems, especially for kids!
We only spent a couple of hours at Dinosaur National Monument. That was the perfect amount of time to visit the visitor’s center, watch the film, and ride the free shuttle tram over the the river bed/dino bone viewing building. There’s honestly not that much to do (unless you want to hike and/or camp on site) so a short visit is just perfect.
Note: Dinosaur National Monument was a short drive away from the Petroglyphs that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. There’s so much to do in the Vernal, Utah area that it would take days and days (even weeks) to experience everything the area has to offer.
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Robin W says
I had no idea that we had such a museum in our country!! How amazing. I would be touching those bones but have little pocket sanitizer with me. Until you are against them, it’s really hard to imagine just how HUGE the dinosaurs were. Great pics BTW.
shelly peterson says
What an amazing place to visit! My son would absolutely love this place.
Beautiful scenery and dinosaur bones!! Utah has everything! Like I needed another reason to visit Utah! My kids, especially my oldest, would love this! What a cool find! Adding this spot to my “When I visit Utah” to do list!