Grand Staircase-Escalante by Mark Ostler

Love dinosaurs? There's been a lot of buzz generated from National Geographic's May issue which explored the science and landscape of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in "Digging Up Utah's Dinosaurs."

Being fans of dinosaurs ourselves, we couldn't help but round up some of Utah's best sites to discover Utah's prehistory from the perfectly preserved dinosaur tracks of the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm to the "Dark Skies" astronomy program and vast outdoor recreation experience lying in wait behind the world's most famous dinosaur quarry at Dinosaur National Monument.

Oh, and everything in-between.

And letting our curiosity get the best of us, we sat down with experts at the Natural History Museum of Utah near downtown Salt Lake City to learn a little more why it doesn't get any better than Utah for dinosaurs (and to get a closer look at Utah's newest dino-celebrity, the fearsome Lythronax argestes):

(Video edited at the Utah Office of Tourism by Ben Dodds and Matt Morgan)

Plan It 

With dinosaurs on our mind (and always looking for another reason to get to Southern Utah to The Mighty 5® national parks), we took the liberty of building an itinerary that highlights many of our best dinosaur sites, national parks, monuments and recreation areas into one week-long adventure that we're calling, "Dino Trekker" or The King of Gore (and Fun). For a visual introduction to many of these stops, you can also check out Mark Ostler's Dinosaur Country Postcards From the Road.