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Jensen, Utah: Formerly Rideable Dinosaur

A brontosaurus statue, its neck bent by design to allow easy mounting for a "saddle up" photo opportunity. Now fenced off; no more riding.

Hwy 149, Jensen, UT
On Hwy 149/Quarry Entrance Rd, just outside the entrance to Dinosaur National Monument.
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Dinosaur Photo Op

Spiffy new paint job on the dinosaur (not sure what the peach color is about), but sadly all alone in the parking lot of what looks like an abandoned building.

[Kathy & Ron W X N, 07/15/2016]
Ride the Dinosaur Photo Op

The dinosaur has just been repainted to match the colors of a similar dinosaur in a mural at nearby Dinosaur National Monument. The makeover was performed by 38 volunteers from the Intermountain Natural History Association, which owns the building next to the dinosaur. A saddle that used to allow tourists to poses riding the dinosaur was not returned as part of the makeover. We hope it wasn't thrown away, and that it comes back soon.

[ Team, 07/14/2015]


Dinosaur Photo-Op

The dinosaur "saddle" is gone, so it is less of a photo-op. One of the eyes is also missing. The gift shop in the same parking lot is also closed.

[Steph, 07/06/2015]

Brontosaurus photo op.

Ride the Dinosaur Photo Op

Dinosaur statue on the way to Dinosaur National Monument, Vernal, UT, in 2002. In the parking lot of a store right outside the monument.

[Brenda Mondragon, 12/20/2007]

The neck appears bent by design, to allow easy mounting for a "saddle'em up" photo opportunity. Weird, but a similar dinosaur at Petrified Creatures, Richfield Springs, NY, has the same fractured neck!

Nearby Offbeat Places

Stegosaurus from NY World's FairStegosaurus from NY World's Fair, Jensen, UT - 2 mi.
Cliff of Dino Bones Inside a BuildingCliff of Dino Bones Inside a Building, Jensen, UT - 2 mi.
1940s Roadside Dinosaur1940s Roadside Dinosaur, Jensen, UT - 5 mi.
In the region:
Let's Swim Dinah-saur, Vernal, UT - 11 mi.

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