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Vernal, Utah: Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur

An agreeable T-rex is festooned with bunny ears, a Santa beard, and other holiday-appropriate attire. Built in 1969 by George Millecam, it originally stood outside his Dine-A-Ville Motel.

850 US-40, Vernal, UT
On the west side of downtown, where W. Main St. splits away from US-40 at N 800 W.
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Rodeo dino.

Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur

The decorated dinosaur was dressed up for the 4th of July Dinosaur Rodeo.

[Steph, 07/06/2015]

This is one attraction where it's best to check it out just before or on major holidays.

Dinosaur decked out for Easter.

Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur

Saw the dinosaur on Easter! He was all decked out for the Easter Egg Hunt.

[Suz, 04/07/2015]
Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur

This looks to be a refreshed version of the hideous T-Rex that used to be on the west side of Vernal (I lived there 1978-1983). The old dinosaur was an awful color and usually had two or three arrows sticking from its head and neck. Glad to see it has been reborn.

P.S. The tradition of shooting arrows into the dinosaurs ended abruptly when someone put a shaft into the newly acquired models at the museum. I think the kid is still in jail.

[Uther Draken, 05/08/2008]

Seasonally decorated dinosaur.

Seasonally Decorated Dinosaur

Two very different dinosaur statues are located in Vernal, UT. One is a pink dinosaur called "Dinah" after the motel where it once was located. It's been moved to the east end of Vernal and holds a "Welcome to Vernal" sign where it once held the motel sign. A very striking statue that greets visitors to this town traveling Highway 40 from Colorado.

The other statue is of a large green T-Rex located mid-town on Highway 40 (main street). It is usually decorated with seasonal costumes (bunny ears and fuzzy tail for Easter, white beard and red/white hat for Christmas, etc.) that are very humorous and well done.

[C Cordingley, 02/20/2005]

November 2006 - Photo added of dinosaur munching on a watermelon.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Let's Swim Dinah-saurLet's Swim Dinah-saur, Vernal, UT - < 1 mi.
Bricks by MailBricks by Mail, Vernal, UT - < 1 mi.
Dinosaur Garden StatuesDinosaur Garden Statues, Vernal, UT - 1 mi.
In the region:
Dine-A-Ville Pink Dinosaur, Vernal, UT - 2 mi.

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