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North America » United States » Utah » Vernal August 6th 2018

The drive from Cedar City was hot and long. We’d forgotten how long of a steep grade we had to drive over. If you are planning a trip over Hwy 191 into Vernal, then just beware and be prepared. We arrived in Dinosaur about 6pm, found our campsite and unpacked. We had thought that it would be nice and cool but alas, it was very warm. Fortunately, the evenings cool off nicely. After dinner and a campfire, we turned in for a much-needed sleep. Monday morning, we got an early start. We wanted to go on the ranger-led hike at 10am and then visit the Quarry site. There are other sites I’d like to visit and photograph, but it will need to be another trip. We got to the Visitor’s center in time to buy forgotten ... read more
Kids hiked up to the ridge
Playing in the campsite
On the Ranger led hike

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal October 2nd 2016

Geo: 40.4557, -109.529On Sunday, we drove north about 125 miles to Dinosaur National Monument which straddles the Utah/Colorado border and stopped at the Quarry Visitor Center on the Utah side. The main attraction at Dinosaur NM is the Quarry Exhibit Hall which is a building built to enclose the side of one of the hills, called the Wall of Bones, where hundreds of dinosaur and other ancient animal bones have been exposed and can be viewed and even touched right there where they were originally deposited 150 million years ago. The rock layer enclosing the fossils is a sandstone and conglomerate bed of alluvial or river bed origin. The dinosaurs and other ancient animals were carried downstream by the ancient river system which eventually entombed their remains. The dinosaur fossil beds (bone beds) were discovered in ... read more
The Wall of Bones.
Dinosaur Bones
Dinosaur Bones

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal April 21st 2016

Day: 4/5 Miles: 1462 miles After my stop at Cortez (to get data access to write the blog) I proceedEd north on SR 145 towards Telluride. I can tell you that stretch of road has to be one of the most majestic scenic routes I have ever taken. The pictures can't do it justice. High steep jagged mountains towering into the sky, covered with wind blowing snow is a poor description. That section of road is on my top 10 list of most scenic drives. This personal sojourn has been just amazing with all the fantastic vistas I have seen and I haven't even gone into Canada much less Alaska. At Mountain Village I took a wrong turn and continued to head north on SR 145 instead of heading to Telluride (I was not lost Kim, ... read more
Another shot of route to Telluride
Living the high life, yea baby
Dino time (and Spam)

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal June 28th 2015

Sunday, 28 June, 2015 We left Lyman and drove down Hwy 414 and 43 to Manila, UT, and then Hwy 44 to the dam at Flaming Gorge. What a drive! It was wonderful scenery, buy bumpy roads to Manila, then steep, steep ups and downs to the dam. At the Flaming Gorge visitor center they said the road to Vernal, UT, was worse, but it definitely was not. That road (Hwy 191) did have 10 switchbacks (u-turns,) but it was mostly downhill, not those engine-screaming uphills to Flaming Gorge. Vernal was so pretty. They have placed planters of pink, white and red flowers all through town. We drove to Dinosaur National Monument, where we first checked out the visitor center while Jenna got her 6th Jr. Ranger badge. We then rode their shuttle to the Quarry ... read more
southwestern Wyoming
Southwestern Wyoming
Nearing Manila, UT

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal July 28th 2014

Not sure how to explain this one just stumbled upon it... read more
Trail
Approch
Stone/Brick Work on exterior

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal August 25th 2012

Located on the Colorado side of the monument, Harpers Corner Drive is a scenic, 32-mile (55-km) road that leads to the heart of Dinosaur National Monument's canyon country. Overlooks offer sweeping vistas of the Green and Yampa river canyons. Several picnic areas and the trailheads of three hiking trails are located just off Harpers Corner Drive. On one trail, sharp-eyed hikers can spot fossils of small sea creatures that lived long ago. Visitors prepared for remote driving conditions can access two unimproved roads from Harpers Corner Drive. Fuel, food, and other services are not available along Harpers Corner Drive. The nearest services are in Dinosaur, Colorado, two miles west of the Canyon Area Visitor Center on Highway 40 Hiking Trails Situated on top of a butte, the paved, wheelchair accessible Plug Hat Trail introduces visitors to ... read more
Harpers Corner , Dinosaur National Monument
Harpers Corner , Dinosaur National Monument
Harpers Corner , Dinosaur National Monument

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal June 20th 2012

This 80 mile an hour round trip follows the rugged canyon which leads into Jones Hole. Diamond Mountain, to the north of the road, was the center of a scandal in the 1870's, when two swindlers salted the area with diamonds, and netted $300,000 selling mining claims. Also the well known William Ellsworth "Elzy" Lay and Matt Warner both outlaw's who rode with Butch Cassidy in 1876 and ranched here The prize at the end of this trail is the hatchery, which is open from 7 am - 4 pm daily. Address: Vernal Field Office Bureau of Land Management 170 South, 500 East Vernal, UT 84078 Phone: 435-781-4400... read more
Diamond Mountain & Jones hole, Vernal, UT
Diamond Mountain & Jones hole, Vernal, UT
Diamond Mountain & Jones hole, Vernal, UT

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal May 10th 2012

In 1909, paleontologist Earl Douglass was searching for fossils for the Carnegie Museum when he discovered a formation layered with prehistoric plant and animal fossils. A quarry was established there and it proved to be one of the world's best window into late-Jurassic-period dinosaurs. Dinosaur National Monument was created in 1915 to protect 80 acres in the quarry area. Today the monument includes 210,844 acres. Many fossils are embedded in a sloping rock formation that was once a sandbar on the edge of a large river. As the river carried animal carcasses downstream, many became stuck on the sandbar, which eventually turned to rock. As a result, fossils from hundreds of creatures are concentrated in a small area. Many fossilized bones have been partially exposed but left intact in the rock where they can be easily ... read more
Dinosaur National Monument Quarry
Dinosaur National Monument Quarry
Dinosaur National Monument Quarry

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal May 8th 2012

Ouray National Wildlife Refuge (also called Ouray National Waterfowl Refuge) is a wildlife refuge in central Uintah County, Utah in the northeastern part of the state. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge system, located two miles northeast of the village of Ouray, 10 miles southeast of the town of Randlett, and 30 miles southwest of Vernal. Established in 1960, it straddles the Green River for 12 miles , and covers 11,987 acres . A portion of the refuge (3,800 acres) is leased from the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. The refuge was created for the use of both local and migratory birds, and with funds provided by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps. Precipitation is less than seven inches (178 mm) per annum Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, in Randlett, Utah, has increased its public ... read more
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge

North America » United States » Utah » Vernal May 7th 2012

Pelican Lake (elevation 4800 feet) is a natural lake in the Uinta Basin southwest of Vernal, Utah. Historically, it is noted as a world class bluegill fishery. Pelican Lake has been dammed to impound and release water for irrigation, and water is diverted into the lake via the Ouray Park Canal from the Uinta River. The existing concrete dam was built in 1967, but the lake has been in use as a water storage facility for decades. Consumptive water use is limited to irrigation, and non-consumptive uses include warm water aquatic habitats, wetland habitat, and recreational uses. Public access is unrestricted. The shoreline is managed by the BLM, the Bureau of Reclamation, and private ownership. WATERSHED: Pelican Lake has a small, natural watershed consisting of Ouray Park, a flat agricultural area north of the lake. The ... read more
Pelican Lake
Pelican Lake
Pelican Lake




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