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#mypubliclandsroadtrip travels the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway on the way to Dinosaur National Monument!

If you’re planning a trip to Dinosaur National Monument, take the scenic route and explore Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway. The byway winds through northern Colorado and a wealth of historic and prehistoric resources – fossils, Native American pictographs and early ranching territories.

In terms of fossils, drivers travel through several quarries, all with unique prehistoric resources. Stop and look for dinosaur remains at the Fruita Paleontological Area, where in 1998 82-year-old Wally Windscheffel found the remains of a dinosaur from the Jurassic Period. Or hike Dinosaur Hill, where a 1901 dig uncovered the remains of the Apatosaurus. The Mygatt-Moore Quarry and Trail through Time, also just off the byway, offer group digs and introductions to paleontology field work.  

North on the byway, drive through Canyon Pintado or Painted Canyon to symbols of hands, animals and more left behind by ancient Native American cultures.  After a nice hike, continue north to Rangely, first a Ute trading post and later a ranching outpost.

Finally, right along the Colorado-Utah border, the byway reaches its destination – Dinosaur National Monument managed by the National Park Service.  It showcases some of the best prehistoric resources in the world.