Just a three-hour drive from Salt Lake City, Utah, Dinosaur National Monument offers visitors a glimpse into an age of prehistoric creatures. Visitors to this national park can see around 1,500 dinosaur fossils that are still embedded in the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall. You can find a variety of exhibits and even touch genuine dinosaur fossils.
While the dinosaur exhibits draw visitors to Dinosaur National Monument, you can also find other outdoor recreational activities to do while at the park. You can take a scenic drive in your Salt Lake City van rental; the park suggests the Tour of the Tilted Rocks or Harpers Corner Road. Visitors also enjoy hiking within the park or embarking on a river-rafting trip. You may even catch a glimpse of local wildlife, such as a coyote, prairie dog, or even a mountain lion.
The park rangers also offer a variety of guided tours. Because Dinosaur National Monument is partially located in both Utah and Colorado, the types of tours are state-specific. For example, on the Utah side of the park (also known as the Quarry area), you can take the Fossil Discovery Trail Hike, Stories Behind the Stars, or even partake in the Junior Ranger program.
Be sure to check out the Dinosaur National Monument website for a complete list of things to do and detailed park information (fees, operating hours, directions, etc.). Adverse weather conditions can affect whether the park is open or whether certain activities are available. Before hopping in your car rental, you may want to call the Dinosaur National Monument park office or check their website.
While you may decide to find lodging options near Dinosaur National Monument, Affordable Rent-A-Car suggests either making the park a day trip option or one stop on a mobile vacation. As a trusted Salt Lake City car rental company, Affordable Rent-A-Car offers great rates on rental cars and van rentals for that extended excursion. To reserve a vehicle or request a quote, call Affordable Rent-A-Car at 801-266-7368. You can also make car rental reservations online.