The month of May brings wildflowers, migrating birds, expanded hours, and special programs to Dinosaur National Monument.
Current hours of operation at the Quarry Visitor Center and Quarry Exhibit Hall are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. On weekdays, visitors drive their own cars directly up to the Quarry Exhibit Hall until May 21. On Saturdays and Sundays, a free shuttle runs to the Quarry every 15 minutes. The Canyon Visitor Center in Colorado is open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
Extended hours begin on Friday, May 22. From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, the Quarry Visitor Center will be open 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. The Quarry Exhibit Hall will be open 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily. Visitors may drive their own cars to the Quarry from 8:00 to 9:15 AM each morning before the shuttle begins at 9:30 AM. The last shuttle of the day departs the Visitor Center at 5:00 p.m. and the final shuttle of the day returns from the Quarry at 5:30 PM. The Canyon Visitor Center in Colorado will be open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. daily beginning Friday, May 22.
Water systems are now on and fees charged at monument campgrounds except for Echo Park which is expected to open by May 15. Information on camping in the monument is available on the website at http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm.
In addition to the regular ranger-led program schedule resuming on Memorial Day Weekend, a variety of special Dinosaur Centennial programs in and around the monument this May highlight Wild Life and Dinosaur’s living ecosystems.
Commemorate Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 15 by joining guest speaker, Tildon Jones from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a discussion of Native and Endangered Fish in the Upper Colorado River Basin. The talk begins at 10:00 AM in the Quarry Visitor Center auditorium, followed by a short dedication of a new Colorado Pikeminnow bench near the Split Mountain Boat Ramp. The bench illustrates the historic 6 foot length of this endangered fish, still found in the rivers at Dinosaur.
Sharpen your birding skills by joining a ranger-led Bird Walk and learn more about these modern relatives of dinosaurs, flying around us today. Saturday Bird Walks begin at 8:00 AM at the Split Mountain Boat Ramp on May 16, 23 and 30. Sunday Bird Walks begin at 8:00 AM at the Green River Campground Circle on May 24 and 31. Each program lasts approximately two hours, bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.
Dinosaur Centennial community partner events include Documentary Night at the Uintah County Library in Vernal, UT featuring the DisneyNature film “Bears” at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 26.
You can also look for monument staff at the Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO all day on Saturday, May 30. In its 35th year, the Yampa River Festival raises awareness about the 270-mile Yampa River in Northwest Colorado, the last remaining major free flowing river in the seven-state Colorado River basin. The lower 46 miles of the Yampa River flow through Dinosaur National Monument until it joins the Green River. The festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Yampa.
For more information, call (435) 781-7700, visit www.nps.gov/dino or look for DinosaurNPS on social media to learn more about visiting Dinosaur National Monument and joining the Dinosaur Centennial celebrations.