Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

New Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall open at Dinosaur National Monument

October 3, 2011, 1:51 pm

The Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument are both open to the public as of October 4, 2011.

The Quarry Visitor Center features exhibits, a theater where visitors can view a movie about the park, and a bookstore. Exhibits in the visitor center introduce visitors to natural resources, homesteading history, petroglyphs, geology, paleontology, and the rivers of Dinosaur National Monument.

Located seven miles off US Highway 40 from Jensen, Utah, the new visitor center serves as the starting point for a Dinosaur National Monument adventure. It is also the departure point for the shuttle to the new Quarry Exhibit Hall.

A short distance from the visitor center, the Quarry Exhibit Hall is located on the site of the world-famous Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry. The exhibit hall provides access to viewing a cliff face with nearly 1,500 dinosaur bones still embedded in the rock. In addition to the fossil wall, the facility features exhibits and displays about dinosaurs and other life from the Jurassic.

The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the quarry is available from 9:15 to 4:45 (last trip up to the quarry at 4:15) daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Can't get out to Dinosaur National Monument just yet? Check out this virtual tour of the famous bone wall.

And, for a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the new visitor center and exhibit hall, head on over to Dinosaur National Monument's construction blog.

Image: Quarry Visitor Center. Source: NPS.