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Dinosaur National Monument

A special shout out to NPR for running a short piece on Dinosaur National Monument, which sits comfortably on the Colorado/Utah border. A. and I camped there a few years ago and it was a special kind of bliss. Their visitor center is built into the side of a hill which is actively being dug out for fossils. You can get up close and personal with dino bones, and even have your picture taken by one. It’s like Disneyland for geeks.

Colorado is a great state to live in if you love dinosaurs. They have a state fossil (the stegosaurus) and the venerable paleontologist Robert Bakker lives there when he’s not canvassing Wyoming for relics of a bygone age. They also have one of the best collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

P.S. If you think the only good place to spot a dinosaur is in Colorado, think again. For a short time, you can find them in Cleveland.

3 replies on “Dinosaur National Monument”

Just out of curiosity, what do you think of the Jurassic Park follow ups?


The Lost World was a huge cash-in for Spielberg. I think that was the only movie he’s ever made purely for the money. He was starting up Dreamworks at the time, so I imagine a big movie about dinosaurs was just the thing he needed to raise funds. I was completely disappointed with that movie (the book, too). A great premise wasted.

I haven’t seen the third one but I was glad to see Sam Neill came back for it. Have you seen that one?

I’ve heard rumors there will be a fourth installment. I just hope they can recapture the wonder of dinosaurs that was so evident in Jurassic Park.

I can’t remember anything about the Lost World, though I know I saw it. I think I didn’t like it, though. The third one I’ve yet to see.


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