DINOSAUR | Dinosaur National Monument will resume a temporary ticketed entry system to access the Quarry Exhibit Hall beginning May 1. This ticketing system will assist visitors in complying with continuing COVID-19 public health guidelines by reducing crowds and managing the pace and flow of visitation.
Visitors planning trips to Dinosaur National Monument will be able to reserve a time to visit the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall—an indoor museum featuring fossilized dinosaur bones in situ—on Recreation.gov for $1 per ticket. The standard monument entrance fees are still required in addition to a timed ticket. Tickets to the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall will be required beginning on May 1, 2021. Roughly 60% of tickets for each day will be available two weeks in advance with 40% available two days in advance. Same day tickets need to be reserved prior to 7 a.m. For visitors without access to a computer or smart phone, tickets can be purchased through the Recreation.gov call center 1-877-444-6777 which is open from 10 a.m. to midnight ET, seven days a week.
Timed ticket reservations will apply only to accessing the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall. All other activities and areas of the monument will be open for recreation without tickets as they have in the past. Dinosaur National Monument will suspend the ticketing system once the monument is able to safely resume normal operations.
Dinosaur National Monument’s annual visitation is approximately 300,000 to 325,000. While the monument covers over 210,000 acres, the Quarry Exhibit Hall receives over 90 percent of that annual visitation. Most visitors arrive at the visitor center, then board a shuttle that takes them to the Quarry Exhibit Hall. The visitor center parking lot often fills during the summer, and visitors may experience a high level of congestion in the visitor center and the Quarry Exhibit Hall from late-May through mid-September and on weekends. Timed ticket reservations will allow travelers to plan ahead and time their visit to avoid overcrowding.
For more information on Dinosaur National Monument and the temporary timed ticket system call 435-781-7700, visit www.nps.gov/dino or follow DinosaurNPS on social media.
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