Hunting dinosaurs

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Hunting dinosaurs

In Utah, road-tripping through land rich with fossils
A 20-foot Tyrannosaurus rex welcomes visitors to the Field House of Natural History in Vernal, Utah. The state has what scientists believe is the world’s largest concentration of bones of carnivorous dinosaurs.
Natural arches and hoodoolike sand formations at Devils Garden re-energize flagging road-trip passengers on the grounds of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
A sheer 150-foot-long rock wall exposes more than 1,500 Jurassic-period bones at Dinosaur National Monument’s Quarry Hall in Maybell, Utah.

Hunting dinosaurs

A 20-foot Tyrannosaurus rex welcomes visitors to the Field House of Natural History in Vernal, Utah. The state has what scientists believe is the world’s largest concentration of bones of carnivorous dinosaurs.
Natural arches and hoodoolike sand formations at Devils Garden re-energize flagging road-trip passengers on the grounds of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
A sheer 150-foot-long rock wall exposes more than 1,500 Jurassic-period bones at Dinosaur National Monument’s Quarry Hall in Maybell, Utah.
If you go

Dinosaur National Monument, Maybell, Utah; (435) 781-7700; www.nps.gov/dino. Quarry Exhibit Hall has a sheer rock wall embedded with more than 1,500 fossils. Ranger-led tours run hourly, more frequently in the summer. You also can camp and take guided whitewater rafting trips in season. Weather closes some roads in winter. $10 per car.
Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, 2180 East Riverside Drive, St. George; (435) 574-3466; www.dinosite.org. Scientists say this small museum, built atop a sandstone slab, holds some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Adults $6, children ages 4 to 11, $3.
Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum, 155 E. Main St., Price, Utah; (435) 613-5060; www.usueastern.edu/museum. Two main halls focusing on eastern Utah paleontology and archaeology. Adults $6, children ages 2 to 12, $3.
Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum, 496 E. Main St., Vernal; (435) 789-3799; stateparks.utah.gov/park/utah-field-house-of-natural-history-state-park-museum. Sleek interactive exhibits, a fossil lab and a garden filled with life-size dinosaur replicas. Adults $6, children $3.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah; (435) 644-2001, ext. 4537; bestfriends.org/The-Sanctuary. About 1,700 cats, dogs, horses and other animals live on this sprawling refuge five miles north of Kanab. Free two-hour tours are offered daily, and many of the animals are available for adoption.
Information, www.utah.com/byways/dinosaur_diamond.htm

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