A massive piece of protected land at the northern state border of Colorado and Utah, sits Dinosaur National Monument which at first glance looks like a barren desert wasteland. But dig deeper and it becomes one of the world's richest dinosaur deposits. Two separate visitor centers, one in Colorado and one in Utah, both have interactive displays and real-life dinosaur bones for little ones to drool over. Hiking, rafting and horseback riding are a few other popular activities within the monument and can be either on your own or through an outfitter.
Echo Park in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument features picturesque Steamboat Rock, the Yampa River, and after a short walk from the campground, a petroglyph panel. The Pool Creek Petroglyphs can be easily seen with an easy walk from the road and feature dot-pattern designs and are high above the creek along the rock face.
For more information:
Dinosaur National Monument, National Park Service
Uintah County Travel and Tourism
152 East 100 North, Vernal UT, UT 84078