Trekking Along the Dinosaur Diamond Highway
Utah’s Dinosaur Diamond Highway is the perfect guide to experience ancient history, millions of years in the making. Along the way of your seven-day trip, veer off the highway and discover the state’s magical, lesser-known landscapes and adventures.
Start and finish: Salt Lake City
Last destination: Moab area
The grandeur of this eastern Utah trek along the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway is almost unbelievable. From the monolithic formations rising from the earth’s surface to the deeply cut canyons, you are guaranteed to experience both wonder and contentment. This family-friendly trip begins in Salt Lake City, with a prehistoric primer at the Natural History Museum of Utah and ends in Moab, one of the nation’s most famous adventure-laden towns.
On this seven-day itinerary, you’ll explore the copper and crimson landscapes and slickrock of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and Red Fleet State Park, both of which have beautiful reservoirs and the nearby Green River for fishing, boating, rafting and swimming. Midway through the week, the 150-square-mile San Rafael Swell provides visitors with sights seen nowhere else in the world and includes Jurassic National Monument (aka Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry), an internationally known active dinosaur dig site.
Round out your trip with two or more days in Moab, where you can hunt for real dinosaur tracks or get up-close and personal with more than 100 reconstructions of life-size dinosaur species at the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park and Museum. While in Moab, you have the choice to mountain bike the hundreds of trails, float the copper-tinged Colorado River, hike in the shadows of majestic rock formations or camp high above along the canyon. Just be sure to save time to explore the wondrous Arches and Canyonlands national parks and snag your very own postcard-worthy photo.
Looking for more dinosaurs? Read: The Ultimate Guide to Dinosaur Discovery While on a Trip to Utah
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