Dinosaur National Monument (U.S.)

Dinosaur National Monument (U.S.) Image

The Milky Way Over Mitten Park. Photo credit: NPS Photo/Dan Duriscoe

Designated

2019

Category

International Dark Sky Park

Address

4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, Colorado 81610
USA

Contact

Sonya Popelka
Website
Tel.: (435) 781-7700

Land Area

853.88 km2

Documents

Application
Announcement
Annual Reports

About

Dinosaur National Monument is located on the southeast edge of the Uinta Mountains on Colorado Plateau the border between Colorado and Utah at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. The park contains over 800 paleontological sites and is home to some of the most abundant and well-preserved dinosaur fossils in the world, providing a treasure trove for visitors and scientists alike since the fossil beds were found in 1909. The region was declared a national monument on October 4, 1915. Owing to the Monument’s remote location, high elevation, and low humidity, enjoying Dinosaur National Monument’s starry night skies today is like stepping back in time.

Weather

Click here to find ideal environmental conditions for viewing the night sky at Dinosaur National Monument (40.43964, -109.07167). Don’t forget to plan your trip during the new moon and astronomical twilight to enhance the viewing experience!

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