Did you know that there is a U.S. national monument devoted to dinosaurs? Dinosaur National Monument spans across northeast Utah and northwest Colorado where the Yampa River joins the Green River.
In a major excavation in 1909, paleontologists discovered a dinosaur fossil bed in Utah that contained thousands of fossils of a wide range of dinosaurs.
He encouraged the federal government to preserve the quarry wall for all future visitors. Six years after its discovery, President Woodrow Wilson created Dinosaur National Monument.
The Morrison formation started as mud and sand by ancient rivers. Dinosaurs were plentiful when the area thrived but as soon as the rivers dried up, many died and their bones were preservedin the old river beds. At some later time the rains returned and the dinosaur bones became buried in mud and sand.
Dinosaurs captivated us as children, and we find ourselves still fascinated by them. Dinosaur National Monument has so many more interesting things to see, but it would take a lot to top our first view of the quarry.