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ARIZONA

Glenn Canyon National Recreation Area - Page, Arizona
The Visitor Center displays large Therapod tracks and provides information to a site of tracks in the Wingate Formation north of Bullfrog.

Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, Arizona
Exhibits include an impressive collection of fossil footprints, including Chirotherium from the Triassic Moenkopi Formation and dinosaur prints from the Jurassic Glen Canyon Group

Navajo Nation Tracksite - near Tuba City, Arizona
Two nearby sites exhibit tracks of 2 types of lower Jurassic Therapods in the Kayenta Formation.

Petrified Forest National Park - Holbrook, Arizona
Although it is now dry and dusty, the park was once the tropical homeland of some of the earliest known dinosaurs. Exhibits include skeletons of a Nicrosaurus and Gertie, a Chindesaurus was discovered here.

CALIFORNIA

Raymond Alf Museum - Claremont, California
This private high school collection has the largest display of fossil footprints in the western US, and includes dinosaur tracks from Grand Canyon's Coconino Sandstone.

San Bernardino County Museum - Redlands, California
Just beyond the western edge of the Colorado Desert, this exhibit purportedly contains the only dinosaur tracks ever found in California.

San Diego Natural History Museum - San Diego, California
This second-oldest scientific institution in the western US displays an Allosaurs and some of the few dinosaur remains ever discovered in California.

Wheel Inn Restaurant - Cabazon, California
Colorful, larger-than-life statues of Tyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus are visible from Interstate 10, just west of Palm Springs.

COLORADO

Denver Museum of Natural History - Denver, Colorado
Dinosaurs Hall exhibits Stegosaurs, Coelophysis, Edmontosaurus and an incredible Tyrannosaurs rex.

Devil's Canyon Science & Learning Center - Fruita, Colorado
Headquarters of the Dinamation International Society, museum contains 14 scientifically accurate robotic dinosaurs and a paleontologic laboratory where fossils removed from local quarries are prepared for scientific study and exhibit.
Dinosaur Hill Interpretative Trail - near Grand Junction, Colorado
Managed by the Museum of Western Colorado. In 1900 a Brachiosaurus, the world's largest known dinosaur, was found here. Take Highway 340 west from Grand Junction to South Broadway; Dinosaur Hill is located at the intersection of Meadows Way. Open year-round, weather permitting.

Dinosaur National Monument - Dinosaur, Colorado
One of the best dinosaur bone beds in the world where 11 species have been unearthed so far. At the Quarry Visitor Center views a wall of rock embedded with 1,600 real bones and watch paleontologists demonstrate their skill.



Note: A beautiful, full-color book on Dinosaur National Monument is available in DesertUSA's online store called The Trading Post.

Dinosaur Ridge National Natural Landmark - near Morrison, Colorado
Dinosaur tracks of Ornithopods and Theropods prints are preserved in beds of 100-million-year old Cretaceous Dakota Sandstone. Dakota Sandstone has so many dinosaur trackways preserved nearby, that this area has been nicknamed "Dinosaur Freeway" by paleontologists.

Dinosaur Trails of Purgatory - La Junta, Colorado
North America's largest dinosaur tracksite requires a 5-mile hike into a remote canyon. Jurassic Sauropods and Therapods.

Dinosaur Valley Museum - Grand Junction, Colorado
A division of Museum of Western Colorado, this is a working paleontology laboratory featuring fossils from important discoveries in western Colorado and eastern Utah. Many dinosaur exhibits of articulated dinosaur skeletons and realistic, half-size animated dinosaur replicas. Day Digs and Major Expeditions are also offered to the public.

Dry Mesa Quarry - near Delta, Colorado
Dry Mesa is where the giant Ultrasaurus, the sauropod killer Torvosaurus, delicate pterosaurs, and other fossils of the Morrison Formation have been found in the Uncompahgre National Forest near the east fork of Escalante Creek.

Garden Park Paleontological Society - Canon City, Colorado
Excellent educational center is associated with the famous dinosaur quarry nearby where 17 new dinosaur species were discovered, including the Stegosaurus.

Morrison Natural History Museum - Morrison, Colorado
Features a 30-minute video history of Dinosaur Ridge and interactive displays.

Riggs Hill Interpretative Trail - near Grand Junction, Colorado
Partial skeletons of Stegosaurus, Allosaurus and possibly Brachiosaurus are visible along a 3/4-mile trail cooperatively constructed by the BLM and the Museum of Western Colorado.

Rabbit Valley Natural Research Area - near Grand Junction, Colorado
The 1-mile "Trail Through Time" offers an array of significant dinosaur specimens still preserved in ancient stream channels on 286 acres set aside as a natural area. Managed in conjunction with the Museum of Western Colorado Dinamation International Society.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center - Woodland Park, Colorado. A new 20,000 square foot dinosaur museum. Exhibits include huge marine reptiles, pterosaurs, remarkable dinosaurs, a visible working fossil lab, educational activities, interactive children's area, and a great gift shop. Open 7 days per week year round.

University Science Museum - Boulder, Colorado
Dinosaurs of the Ancient Rockies includes skulls of Triceratops, Diplodocus and Carythosaurus.

NEVADA

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park - near Austin, Nevada
Okay, so they're not dinosaurs, but here lies North America's most spectacular giant marine reptiles deposited off the west coast of Pangea 220 million years ago.

NEW MEXICO

Clayton Lake State Park - near Clayton, New Mexico
More than 500 Ornithopod and Therapod dinosaur tracks are preserved in the lake spillway with interpretive walk.

Farmington Museum - Farmington, New Mexico
Several exhibits of New Mexico dinosaurs include Pentaceratops and Albertosaurus fossils.

Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari, NM.
It offers a unique combination of the typical resin cast skeletons along with an amazing selection of bronze cast skeletons.
It also has a working lab where students learn about and work with fossils, as well as at least one annual (sometimes two) dig events.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History - Albuquerque , New Mexico
Exhibits include a large track collection containing Cretaceous Sauropod tracks.

TEXAS

Annie Riggs Museum - Fort Stockton, Texas
Exhibits here include dinosaur footprints and casts.

Dinosaur Valley State Park - Glen Rose, Texas
The most famous dinosaur tracksite in Texas is located on the banks of the Paluxy River where Therapods attacked Sauropods.

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History - Fort Worth, Texas
In DinoDig, a reproduction of a working dig site, children can search the sand for realistic fossil replicas using a plastic digger and a two-inch chip brush, and they can keep most of what they find.

Petroleum Museum - Midland Texas
This museum has one dinosaur exhibit, Camptpsaurus footprints 50 miles from the facility.

UTAH

BYU Earth Science Museum - Provo, Utah
Exhibits include articulated skeletons, skulls, a dinosaur egg and more.

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry - Cleveland, Utah
Excavations have unearthed more than 30 complete skeletons, 12,000 individual bones and several dinosaur eggs here at the world's primary site for Allosaur skeletons, the largest carnivore of the Jurassic period.

College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum - Price, Utah
View reconstructed dinosaur skeletons and fossils common to eastern Utah including skeletons of Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Camptosaurus, and Camarasaurus from the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry and tracks of Cretaceous dinosaurs from the area's coal mines.

Dalton Wells Dinosaur Quarry - near Moab, Utah.
Operated by the Museum of Western Colorado.

Dan O'Laurie Museum - Moab, Utah
Exhibits include dinosaur tracks and a dinosaur femur.

Dead Horse Point State Park - near Moab, Utah
Visitor Center has a small display of dinosaur bones.

Dinosaur National Monument - Jensen, Utah
One of the best dinosaur bone beds in the world where 11 species have been unearthed so far. At its Quarry Visitor Center, families can check out a wall of rock embedded with 1,600 real bones and watch paleontologists demonstrate their craft.



George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park - Ogden, Utah
Most of the 100 life-size models that inhabit this outdoor dinosaur park are hands-off, but several are intended for climbing.

Mill Canyon/Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracks - near Moab, Utah
Morrison Formation dinosaur fossils and petrified wood can be seen in a natural setting on a 1-mile hike. This outdoor museum is an experiment in which visitors are expected to assist with the effort to protect the site against vandalism.

Museum of the San Rafael - Castle Dale, Utah
This new museum, formerly a part of the Emery County Pioneer Museum, highlights the natural history of the San Rafael Swell and features mounted skeletons of dinosaurs discovered in Emery County.

Potash Road Dinosaur Tracks - near Moab, Utah
Dinosaur tracks can be seen along the Potash Road Scenic Byway, State Highway 279, which follows the Colorado River south of Moab. Located appx. 4 miles along the road from its junction with US 191, which is 4 miles north of Moab.

Red Fleet Dinosaur Trackway - near Vernal, Utah
More than 200 bipedal dinosaur tracks are exposed along the reservoir shoreline, which was once Jurassic oasis in a land of desert sand dunes.

Sauropod Dinosaur Tracksite - near Moab, Utah
Sauropod tracks are seen making a sharp turn to the right, a phenomenon rarely observed in fossil trackways. Site may be reached by a 2-wheel drive dirt road off U.S. Highway 191, 23 miles north of Moab.

Utah Field House of Natural History State Park - Vernal, Utah
Adjacent to an excellent geology and natural history museum, the Dinosaur Garden contains an array of full-sized, lifelike dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals in a natural setting.

Utah Museum of Natural History - Salt Lake City, Utah
Excellent collection of Jurassic dinosaurs, including Allosaurus, Camptosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Dimetrodon.

Weber State Museum - Ogden, Utah
Articulated skeletons of Allosaurus and partial Dimetrodon, plus skulls of Allosaurus, Camarasaurus and Camprosaurus.

Warner Valley Tracksite - near St. George, Utah
Excellent footprints in late Triassic Moenave Sandstone made in a low floodplain.

A.R. Royo

 


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