Lottery season opens for those waiting to obtain river permits

RBC I The open lottery season for noncommercial high-use season river permits runs from Dec. 1, 2015 to Jan. 31. All lottery applications must be submitted by 10 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Jan. 31. The lottery allows boaters to compete for the 300 permits that are available for the high use season.

Fees will increase at Dinosaur NM on Jan. 1

DINO I After completing a thorough public involvement process, Dinosaur National Monument will increase its entrance and camping fees on Jan. 1 in order to help fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the monument.

Visitation continues to grow at Dinosaur Nat’l Monument

DINO I October visitation numbers for Dinosaur National Monument showed a 13.8 percent increase for the month over the 2014 figures.

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Park Ranger Jan uses a laser light to point out details of the Dinosaur National Monument Quarry Exhibit Hall’s wall of dinosaur bones. Third-graders from Parkview Elementary School in Rangely took a field trip to the quarry and visitor’s center on Oct. 14, when they learned about, saw and touched a variety of fossils from […]

Dinosaur Centennial set for weekend

DINOSAUR I The celebration of Dinosaur National Monument’s 100th anniversary culminates this weekend with a variety of events. Entrance fees will be waived Saturday and Sunday to welcome everyone to join in the festivities and to say thank you to our visitors and local communities.

Centennial of Dinosaur National Monument starts with Night Watch

July visitation numbers for Dinosaur National Monument show a 20 percent increase for the July 2014 figures. Except for a slight dip in May, the first seven months of 2015 have shown increases in visitation. As of July 30, recreational visits tallied a total of 183,048, which is a 15.2 increase over the same time period in 2014.

RBC I To paraphrase paleontologist Earl Douglass, August in Dinosaur provides beautiful sights, day or night. Monument staff and community partners are offering a variety of Dark Sky & Dinosaur Discovery-themed events in August as part of the Dinosaur Centennial.

Park Service holds Find Your Park program; readies for Dinosaur centennial

Dinosaur I Dinosaur National Monument joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at

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.