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Dinosaur, Colorado

Dinosaur, Colorado

About Dinosaur, Colorado

Dinosaur, Colorado is a small town located in the northwest corner of the state. Dinosaur is best known for being the primary jumping off point to Dinosaur National Monument. The monument headquarters is located just two miles east of the town on U.S. Highway 40.

Dinosaur National Monument spans across Colorado and Utah. The Colorado portion contains jaw-dropping canyons and plateaus (including Echo Park). It also contains one of the wildest stretches of road in the West: the Yampa Bench Road. The Utah portion of the monument houses the dinosaur fossils and is just 22 miles to the west.

There aren’t many lodging options in Dinosaur. We recommend staying in Rangely, CO (located 18 miles south) or camping in one of Dinosaur National Monument’s incredible campgrounds.

Fun Fact: The town of Dinosaur was named Artesia until in 1966, when its name was changed to take advantage of its location next to Dinosaur National Monument.

Nearby Towns

  • Rangely, CO
  • Craig, CO

Places to See, Eat, and Stay in Dinosaur, Colorado (articles from the blog)

Harding Hole Overlook

Dinosaur National Monument, Part III: Ghostly Yampa Bench Road

We inched our way through two feet of palpable red earth soup entering the Harding Hole Overlook. It hadn’t rained ...
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Dinosaur National Monument, Part II: Impassible When Wet

The only way into or out of the canyon floor – other than the river – towers before me. A ...
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Dinosaur National Monument, Part I: Unobstructed Waters of Echo Park

I was coming out of my skin with anticipation. Dinosaur National Monument was just around the bend. We had come ...
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Map of Dinosaur, Colorado

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