Louise Speaks: While trying to complete the state of Colorado, we discovered that we missed going to the Dinosaur National Monument. The area actually crosses state lines and is also in Utah. We are seeing them both but I’ll blog about the Utah part separately. I love coming this way in October because both Colorado and Utah have incredible fall colors at this time of the year. October is a great time to as the weather is at its best.
Driving to the National Monument on the Colorado side, you literally have to go back and forth between Colorado and Utah at least 3 times, so we kept crossing the state line every couple of hours. The drive however was just beautiful. By the time we got to the Monument I was a bit disappointed. There was nothing there. The visitor center had been closed for the winter but we did find a map for the dinosaur loop. We took the map and back in the car we went. However, after 10 miles and three pull out points we looked at each other and said…”what are we looking at?” This by far is and was a waste of time. I would not recommend this destination to anyone. However, as we left the monument and went thru the town of Dinosaur,CO there are many metal dinosaurs throughout town. If we had kids with us, these could have been fun stops, but for us it was just a photo op. The National Monument in Colorado gets a D rating. Even if the Visitor Center would have been open, this would not be worth a stop.
We were told the Dinosaur National Monument on the Utah side is much more detailed and more worthy of visiting. So off we went as that was our next stop.