Dinosaur National Monument straddles the border between Utah and northern Colorado.
The main attraction is the Quarry Visitor Center in the smaller Utah portion of the park, where the dinosaur fossils are displayed in an Exhibition Hall. The rest of the park, mostly in Colorado, is a very large expanse of wilderness that is mostly very difficult to visit.
Focusing mostly on the smaller Utah portion (at left) we camped in the Green River Campground, hiked the Sound of Silence Trail, and visited the Quarry Exhibit Hall. We also drove the road to Harpers Corner in the Colorado part of the Park (at right).
Two large rivers, the Green and the Yampa, run through park. Shown here is the Green River as it emerges through Split Mountain (the white peak) on the southwest side of the park. On the right, the trees by the river cover our campground.
On our first afternoon we visited the visitor center which has a nice museum and a gift shop. While there we made a reservation for the next day to take a shuttle bus ride up into the hills behind the visitor center to visit the Quarry Exhibit Hall which is the main attraction in the park.
For the rest of the first afternoon we explored around the Green River, including this view from our campground.
In 1869, the renowned explorer of the American west, John Wesley Powell, navigated the Green River through what is now Dinosaur National Monument.
Down by the Green River in the area called Split Mountain. The "split" in Split Mountain is a canyon through which the Green River flows.
Green River, Split Mountain area.
A bit of wildlife by the bridge which crosses the Green River just southeast of our campground.
Taken while standing on the bridge which crosses the Green River southeast of our campground.
The next morning we hiked the Sound of Silence Trail. No dinosaurs on the trail, but a lovely and interesting landscape.
Data for the Sound of Silence Trail (the green line in the left half of the map).
Sound of Silence Trail ... the early light was warm and the sky blue.
A fine, old tree along the trail ... Cottonwood, I think?
Not much wildlife on the trail. But this little fellow clearly thought we couldn't see him as he stood perfectly still, and allowed us to get quite close.
Warm light, golden grass.
There were quite a few rocks with interesting shapes.
In one of the clefts near the bottom center is a hawk nest, with guano visible.
Sound of Silence Trail ... it was, indeed, silent out there.
My first thought was "bird guano" ... but the more I looked I thought some other, very ancient, geological process produced the interesting pattern on this rock.
Trailside blooms ... Sound of Silence Trail.