This was a stop we have been looking forward too, as we had never been to Dinosaur National Monument. Of course MORE DINOSAURS!
In 1909, paleontologist Earl Douglass was searching for fossils for the Carnegie Museum when he discovered a formation layered with prehistoric plant and animal fossils. A quarry was established and in 1915 Dinosaur National Monument was created to protect 80 acres in the quarry area. Its an amazing dino bone find, our pictures don’t do it justice. We spent a lot of time looking at all the different bones and how they may fit together.
More information can be found here: Dinosaur National Monument
Naturally weathered sandstone rises dramatically from clay beds, exposing fantastically colored and shaped formations 40 miles south of Vernal. A self-guided rock trail is dotted with interpretive signs which educate you about the surrounding natural wonders. one of the most unusual, small-scale erosional landscapes in the Southwest, known for several decades as Fantasy Canyon following its discovery in 1909 by paleontologist Earl Douglass. Most of the surroundings consist of sagebrush flats and low, rounded hills, mixed with scattered patches of muted pastel badlands and small rocky outcrops, but in this location the sandstone has formed an amazingly complex, intricate and delicate array of shapes. It was a long drive down unpaved roads with Pronghorns and wild horses.
More information can be found here: Fantasy Canyon
The Josie Bassett Morris Ranch Complex comprises a small complex of buildings in what is now Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Uintah County, Utah, United States. The complex is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. It is where Josie Bassett Morris, a small-time rancher and occasional accused stock thief, lived until 1963.
More information can be found here: Josie Morris Cabin
We also saw our next motorhome! Fits in any garage and parking spot!
There are plenty of hikes to see petroglyphs. We did one where the petroglyphs were all over the rock walls. Of course we’re hoping they are ancient and not modern replicas!
All in a days work… coming back from one of our outings, I noticed this huge green field and then this black dot. As we got a bit closer I realized it was the farmer on a riding lawn mower, you know, the kind you and I use for our large lawns, but this field was huge! I guess he has a lot of time on his hands.