Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Dino-Destinations in Utah

Utah is one of the hot spots in the world for dinosaurs. Paleontologists from around the world come to visit and learn about dinosaurs in Utah. You can take advantage of many of Utah's dinosaur digs, and we've done the footwork for you. Here are the links to our website Utah Valley Family Adventures on our favorite dinosaur sites in Utah. You can also click on our Dinosaur tab.

Utah Fieldhouse of Natural History: Located in Vernal, the Fieldhouse is a must-see for dinosaur enthusiasts. Outside in the garden are life-sized statues of dinosaurs including t-rex and triceratops. Inside is a beautiful interactive museum that is classified as a state park. Our kids loved the Junior Paleontologist program, too.

Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point: This very modern museum may be the best in Utah. Interactive exhibits include a dinosaur dig in the sand and a huge erosion table. There are also full-size skeletons of t-rex, stegosaurus, and superasaurus. You can also catch a 3D movie about dinosaurs.

Red Fleet State Park: A beautiful hike at this state park leads to a massive sandstone slab with around 200 dinosaur footprints. The park is just north of Vernal. There is also boating and fishing at this park.

Dinosaur National Monument: This park is pretty great anyway, but recently they re-opened the quarry which has been closed for around 15 years. You can now see the dinosaurs as they lay buried in a massive wall of bones.

Natural History Museum: The museum in Salt Lake has a large collection of dinosaur exhibits and much more. There are five floors covering everything from weather to Native American culture.

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry: South of Price and well off the beaten path, this small museum features several short hikes through the quarry and a unique 3D model of dinosaur bones as they were found in a layer of rock.

Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park: This is our boys favorite dinosaur park because you walk through the gardens and meet the dinosaur statues on their turf. No bones here, just full size, fully painted models of dinosaurs in their habitat (see the picture above).

BYU Museum of Paleontology: This museum is not well known, but has great exhibits. It happens to be FREE, too.

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