Denver man dies in Green River rafting accident

DINOSAUR I The Moffat County Coroner’s office released the name of a 34-year-old man from Denver who perished in a weekend rafting accident on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument.

Dinosaur National Monument extends hours of operation for summer season

This wall of fossils is just one of the many attractions to be found at Dinosaur National Monument, which is taking part in the National Park Service’s Find Your Park program this year. Dinosaur is also moving toward its own centennial, coming around in 2016.

DINOSAUR I Current hours of operation at the Quarry Visitor Center and Quarry Exhibit Hall are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On weekdays, visitors drive their own cars directly up to the Quarry Exhibit Hall until May 21. On Saturdays and Sundays, a free shuttle runs to the quarry every 15 minutes. The Canyon […]

Monument brought $16 million in tourism dollars to this area

DINOSAUR I A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 250,624 visitors to Dinosaur National Monument in 2014 spent $14,298,400 in communities near the monument. That spending supported 194 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $16,059,100.

No shed collecting in Dinosaur Nat’l Monument

Gathering shed antlers is a popular and lucrative activity—with antlers used for everything from chandeliers, to knife handles, to dog chews. Dinosaur National Monument staff are reminding antler hunters that all items, including deer and elk antlers, within Dinosaur National Monument are protected by law and may not be removed. Collecting antlers is a violation of 36 CFR 2.1(a)(1)(i), which covers possessing, removing or disturbing wildlife parts such as antlers. Violating this regulation will result in a fine up to $5,000 and/or up to six months in prison. The monument’s boundary is generally well-marked, but shed collectors are responsible for knowing who manages the property they are on and its rules and regulations.

CNCC paleontology experiences to get off the ground with summer classes

RANGELY I Since it is situated adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument and surrounded by the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway, the fact that the area around Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) is proving rich in fossils should come as no surprise.

CNCC campus in Craig now a federal fossil repository

From left to right: BLM Colorado Paleontologist Harley Armstrong, Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George and BLM Colorado State Director Ruth Welch finalize a memorandum of understanding, creating a federal fossil repository at CNCC’s Craig campus.

RANGELY I On Feb. 3, Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) President Russell George and paleontologist Elizabeth “Liz” Johnson, together with Ruth Welch, the Colorado state director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), signed an agreement to officially make the CNCC Craig Campus a federal fossil repository.

Winter brings changes to Dinosaur monument visitor access

DINOSAUR I The arrival of winter at Dinosaur National Monument brings changes to visitor access in some areas.

Dinosaur National Monument turns 100 in 2015

DINOSAUR I Dinosaur National Monument turns 100 years old on Oct. 4 and is looking for community partners to help spread the word and join the celebration.

River permits to see changes in ’15

DINOSAUR I After a successful launch of Dinosaur National Monument’s river permit lottery on the National Recreation Reservation System last year, more changes are coming for 2015.

Snowy stegosaurus…

Looking a bit cold and lonely, this stegosaurus stands sentinel at the visitor center at Dinosaur National Monument. There hasn’t been a lot of snow at the lower elevations of Rio Blanco County, but measurable snow has been reported in the high country.

River permit changes

With the start of Dinosaur National Monument’s river permit lottery on the National Recreation Reservation System last year, more changes are coming for 2015. Applicants who successfully secure a launch will now confirm their acceptance of the date they won and pay for the permit online. After payment is verified, applicants will receive two forms […]

Fossil removed from site after damage

DINOSAUR I Dr. Brooks Britt from Brigham Young University (BYU) removed the remaining portion of a juvenile sauropod humerus that was vandalized in early September on Dec. 2.