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Jensen, Utah: Cliff of Dino Bones Inside a Building

Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall visitors can gawk at a cliff full of dinosaur remains where scientists work.

Dinosaur National Monument

2430 S. 9500 E., Jensen, UT
From US Hwy 40 at Jensen, drive north six miles on Hwy 149 into Dinosaur National Monument and follow signs for the Quarry Visitor Center. Access to the Quarry Exhibit Hall is by shuttle bus only from the Visitor Center, about a half-mile away. Shuttles run every 15 minutes.
Summer daily 9:15 - 4:15, reduced hours off-season. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$25 per vehicle
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Jensen, Utah - Utah Dino Dig Still Boned
Dinosaur National Monument Visitor Center: The switchback queue line of time is long. That may mean little to a dinosaur bone, but it means a lot to us. [05/19/2008] Complete Story...

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Cliff of Dinosaur Bones inside a Building

Located inside Dinosaur National Park, near the Visitor Center. The Dinosaur Quarry can be entered with private vehicles before 9:15 am and all day by shuttle. This cliff face was created by a "logjam" of dinosaur fossils, and the cliff has been preserved for viewing. You can even touch some of the bones! Awesome for all ages, and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable. The Visitor's Center even sell casts of real Allosaurus bones.

[Steph, 07/06/2015]

Touch Real Dinosaur Bones sign.

Cliff of Dino Bones Inside a Building

It's re-open and worth a visit! Love the tram that takes you up to the exhibit. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

[Sam, 07/04/2013]
Cliff of Dino Bones Inside a Building

The Quarry Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument was a family vacation destination -- and a favorite subject for National Geographic photographers -- almost from the day it opened in 1957. It abruptly closed in 2006 when the Hall was found to be near collapse, which is understandable for a 50-year-old glass-walled building that stood out in the Utah badlands, wrapped around a cliff studded with dinosaur bones.

The building was torn down, rebuilt, and has now been reopened on its original spot. An estimated 1,500 dino-chunks still stick out of the cliff, and visitors once again can watch lucky scientists prepping the bones in climate-controlled comfort.

[ Team, 02/10/2012]
Unsafe Dino Fossil Attraction Closes

On July 12, 2006, the National Park Service closed the famous glass-walled building that sheltered the popular prehistoric fossil beds and Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument outside of Vernal, Utah. The building had finally become unsafe for the public because of structural problems that have plagued it since it was built in 1957 on unstable clay soil.


[07/15/2006] Complete News Story

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