Our first big stop on this trip was at Dinosaur National Monument. Knowing nothing of the area, we decided to stay in Dinosaur, Colorado. (Note: there are no dinosaurs in dinosaur Colorado except for big plastic ones like this example outside the town hall). The only motorhome park in town is the BlueMountain RV Park. Do not stay here. It's a couple of acres of rock and mud with a few sad looking permanent residents and some disappointed looking visitors, like us.
The south visitor's center for dinosaur national Monument is a couple of miles outside town. (Note: there are no dinosaur fossils at the south visitor center). From here a 31 mile road takes you up to the Monument south entrance. The landscape is basic high desert, mostly no more or less scenic than millions of other acres of the American West you can see from the interstate. There's a relatively small area of the national Monument that you can drive around and there are some fairly scenic areas there but there are no dinosaur fossils.
|Typical western landscape|
|The fossil wall|
So it was decided to chip away the rock matrix from around the remaining exposed dinosaur bones and then cover the whole rock face with a protective building and allow visitors to come and see the bones in place.