Salt Lake's Literal and Virtual Trailhead to the State
The Natural History Museum of Utah features an outstanding display of paleontology (in addition to several other exhibits) that covers eons of Utah's history and includes a frequently updated display of the latest dinosaur find — like Utah's state fossil, the Allosaurus, and incredible species from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument research featured in National Geographic.
Dinosaur Hotbed in the Uinta Basin
Experience the world's most famous dinosaur fossil quarry at Dinosaur National Monument
. Dinosaur National Monument is your all-access pass to a bygone era, the unique environment of the late Jurassic now locked up in stone and yielding its ancient mysteries to modern science. After bolstering your prehistoric knowledge at the nearby Field House, wander deeper into Dinosaur National Monument, a mecca of outdoor recreation.
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry
is a great site for your budding young paleontologists, rangers and explorers. The Quarry treats dinosaur enthusiasts to the densest collection of Jurassic-era dinosaur fossils ever unearthed, and most of those bones are of carnivores like the Allosaurus. Why so mean meat-eaters? Gather the data and decide for yourself. Also check out the Prehistoric Museum in Price.
Walking with Dinosaurs
Newly discovered in February 2000, the Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm
has been described as the most significant dinosaur tracksite in western North America and houses some of the oldest and best preserved Jurassic-era footprints in the world. There are also terrific skeletal reconstructions, rotating displays and an interactive children's area.
Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway
A Road Through Prehistory
In total, Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway
covers 512 miles, creating a diamond pattern on the map through what was once Utah's Jurassic World. The Dinosaur Diamond traverses a landscape where giant reptiles roamed millions of years ago. Join dinosaur enthusiasts and scientists from around the world. Explore the museums, active dig sites and rock art along the way. Explore Utah's byways.
Moab Giants Dinosaur Park
is an amazing combination of indoor and outdoor exhibits where technology meets prehistory. You may travel through the museum on your own, or take advantage of a guided tour that will give you an in-depth look into the paleontology and history of the Moab region.
A Monumental Landscape
The Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument
is a vast and rugged frontier perfect for both scientific study and backcountry escape. The monument is divided into three regions: Canyons of the Escalante, Grand Staircase, and the Kaiparowits Plateau. Dinosaur enthusiasts can learn about the unique rock layers of Grand Staircase and the prolific dinosaur excavations at the Interpretive Center in Big Water, Utah.
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Even More Dinosaur Tourism
Just south of Salt Lake City, Thanksgiving Point houses the North American Museum of Ancient Life
, one of the largest dinosaur museums of its kind, with more than 50 skeletal displays, standing dinosaurs and over 100 reconstructed flying reptiles.
The Brigham Young University Museum of Paleontology
is recognized worldwide for having one of the most valuable Jurassic dinosaur collections, including a 150-million-year-old dinosaur egg. A great stop off Interstate 15 driving south from Salt Lake toward some of The Mighty 5® national parks of Southern Utah.
Dinosaur and Paleontology USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum
in Price discovered the Utahraptor, the basis for the Velociraptor of Jurassic Park. The museum has multiple complete skeletons from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the bones of which may be seen on display. The collection also contains many dinosaur tracks removed from local coal mines, dinosaur eggs and other fossils.
The Ogden George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park
is an eight-acre outdoor museum with full-bodied creatures of the Dinosaur Age, including prehistoric crawlers, predators, marine creatures and flying reptiles dating from the Permian through Cretaceous periods. Realistic sculptures of more than 125 dinosaurs fill the park in a native Utah setting, all reproduced based on the findings of fossil skeletal remains, and accentuated by a high quality sound system. A 16,000-square-foot-working museum including exhibit space, a large paleontology laboratory, offices and a lecture hall.
Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale
tells stories of a primitive past long buried under shifting soils. A replica of a fossilized dinosaur egg believed to contain an embryo is part of the collection, as well as skeletons of Allosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Albertosaurus and the great skull of Tyrannosaurus rex. A great additional stop in Central Utah near the Prehistoric Museum in Price.
Dan O'Laurie Museum in Moab, Utah
, is a great addition to an Arches and Canyonlands itinerary. Dan O'Laurie tells the story of Moab's and Grand County's past, featuring an extensive rock and mineral display and massive dinosaur bones. Adults and children alike will love the museum's "hands-on" policy with many of the displays.
The Dinosaur Museum of Blanding
is a great stop on a Monument Valley itinerary. The museum features skeletons, fossilized skin, eggs, footprints, state-of-the-art graphics and beautifully realistic sculptures present dinosaurs from the Four Corners region and throughout the world. You will see exhibits which show how dinosaurs were distributed globally, as well as the latest in dinosaur skin research.