Colorado & Utah
here in the summer of 2001. It was an easy job involving vegetation measurement.
I spent most of the summer out under the sun and clouds on sagebrush flats
and rocky pinyon-juniper covered slopes. It was like one extended
vacation. I often called it my "walk in the park", since literally that's
what I did most of the time.
What is the difference between a National Park and a National Monument?
Answer: Parks are created by Congress, Monuments by the President. They
are treated exactly the same.
USGS 7.5' Quads (15..not listed); Trails Illustrated 1:78K Dinosaur
National Monument #220.
Primary access is through Canyon Side entrance, 2 miles east of Dinosaur,
CO on US HWY 40. The Harpers Corner Rd leads north 20 miles, from there,
and intersects the Yampa Bench Rd, which leads off to the east another
15 miles. Much of the monument can be seen or accessed in this manner.
Other access points surround the monument.
Only if entering the Quarry or if camping at Echo Park. Free permits for
backcountry camping at HQ.
Not many: Jones Hole, Ruple Point, Harper's Corner. All fairly short and
Regulations: Allowed in park, on leash at all times, but not allowed
on trails, in backcountry or in buildings.
and Digital Imagery from Dinosaur National Monument
available for sale at LandscapeImagery.com
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created August 6, 2002
updated on November 8, 2002