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DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT

203,815 acres. Located in the northwest corner of Colorado and extending into Utah, this National Monument is named for the fossils of dinosaur bones found here. It’s set amid arid desert plateaus, mountains, and canyons.

The monument has two major rivers, the Green and Tampa Rivers. Vegetation includes stands of pinyon pine and juniper, sagebrush, with box elder and cottonwood along the rivers. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, and coyote are among the wildlife.

Activities: Only a few relatively short trails are found here. Cross-country hiking and backpacking are allowed, but foot-travel is difficult due to the rugged terrain.

Rafting is available on the rivers by permit, which must be obtained well in advance due to high demand. Limited fishing is possible. Hunting is prohibited.

Camping Regulations: A free permit is required in order to camp in the backcountry here. Permits may be obtained from headquarters and some ranger stations. Pets are prohibited.

For Further Information: Dinosaur National Monument, Dinosaur, CO 81610; (303)374-2216. 203,815 acres.

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