Chris mentioned to me that he really wanted to see Dinosaur National Monument. I read mixed reviews saying the complete dinosaur skeletons in major museums are better. Since we’ve seen a lot of museums in DC, New York, Chicago and Orlando with dinosaurs, I wasn’t sure I would like Dinosaur National Monument.
One thing to note, Dinosaur National Monument is REMOTE. The closest town is Vernal and it is about 20 minutes away from the Utah entrance (where the Quarry Exhibit Hall is located). Once inside the park (you can use your America The Beautiful pass for National Parks), you park your car and get on a tram that takes you on a short ride up to the visitor center. One thing to note, if you have a dog in the car with you, you can get permission to park up at the visitor center so you can take turns keeping an eye on your dog. I imagine it gets REALLY hot here in the summer so do not leave your dog in the car alone. There isn’t any shade in either parking lot.
We walked inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall and WOW. I had no idea I was going to be so impressed! You come in on the 2nd floor and wander down to the first floor and walk along a huge wall of bones. It is one of the neatest things I think I have ever seen! And like I said, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. It turns out, I LOVED it! The pictures do not do it justice. Dinosaur National Monument’s Quarry Exhibit Hall is one of those things you just have to see in person.