Utah has many great features – most notably it’s scenery. There is, however, a rather unique aspect of Utah that many visitors overlook. We are, of course, talking about dinosaurs. The state has become famous for its abundance of dinosaur fossils. With that in mind, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have gathered some information for creating a dinosaur themed vacation. Check out these locations:
The College of Eastern Utah has a collection of fossils that includes multiple dinosaur tracks and dinosaur eggs. The college’s Prehistoric Museum currently operates multiple active dinosaur fossil quarries. Staff from the museum and the College of Eastern Utah are credited with the discovery of “Utahraptor.” This contribution has put them on the map. The Prehistoric Museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 435-637-5060, or visit their website for more information.
If your vacation plans take you to Moab, visit the The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail. This trail has dinosaur fossils and petrified wood lying along the trail. You as the visitor are responsible for the safety of these amazing fossils. There are also two locations around Moab that house several fossil exhibits, as well as other archaeological and geological treasures. Check out the Dan O’Laurie Museum and the visitor center at Dead Horse State Park.
The Dinosaur Museum of Blanding is perhaps the best place in Utah to see a variety of fossils from around the world. There are several types of rare specimens to enjoy, as well as life size dinosaur sculptures. You can even walk under the jawbone of a Tyrannosaurus. The museum also contains a “History Hall of Hollywood Dinosaur Movies” with movie memorabilia from all ages. For more information call 435-678-3454.
There are many other places in Utah where you can see dinosaur fossils. And we hope you will take the chance to experience the unique history of this area.