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Home National & State Parks Other NPs Dinosaur National Monument Awarded Grant to Preserve Dinosaur Quarry, Damaged Bones

Dinosaur National Monument Awarded Grant to Preserve Dinosaur Quarry, Damaged Bones

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Dinosaur National Monument is one of the West's most thrilling places to see, offering visitors the chance to see the bones fossils they left behind to help tell their story.

Noted paleontologist Earl Douglass started excavations at the site in 1909. He found numerous fossil specimens ending up in museums around the world. When excavations eventually ended, more than 1,500 fossils were left in place on the cliff face so visitors could see them exactly as they were found.

qeh_camarasaurus_fossilsAfter being closed for over five years the Quarry Exhibit Hall located over the world-famous Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry is again open to the public. The Quarry Exhibit Hall allows visitors to view the wall of approximately 1,500 dinosaur bones in a newly refurbished, comfortable space. The facility also features exhibits on life during the late Jurassic.

To help preserve the quarry, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks has awarded a major grant to Dinosaur National Monument.

The funds will launch a program to develop long-term monitoring and preservation plan for 150 million-year-old dinosaur fossil quarry.

"Preserving fossils in-place, as at Dinosaur, presents many challenges not experienced in a traditional museum setting," said Superintendent Mary Risser. "With the new Quarry Exhibit Hall opened, this is an opportune time to begin repairing existing cracks and damaged bones, documenting the current conditions, and establishing a system to monitor changes. This project will ensure the long-term preservation of the site for which the Monument was established in 1915."

The grant is part of the National Park Foundation's Impact Grant program that gives parks critical financial support needed to transform innovative, yet underfunded ideas, into successful in-park programs and initiatives.

"With these strategic grants, we have been able to positively impact hundreds of national parks across the country," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "This unique program helps parks enhance the visitor experience, engage more people, and ultimately build a stronger community of park enthusiasts who share an appreciation and commitment to protecting America's Best Idea - their national parks."

Dinosaur National Monument is located in both Colorado and Utah. Each state also provides a chance to visit very distinctive areas of the monument.

The east side of the monument located in Colorado provides access to deep canyons along the Green and Yampa rivers. Dramatic views are available along the Harpers Corner Road. The west side of the monument located in Utah features the world-famous dinosaur quarry where visitors can see more than 1,500 fossils still embedded in the cliff face.

The Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall and Quarry Visitor Center, one-half mile from the Quarry, are open year round. They are found by taking Highway 149 north from Jensen, UT to the park. Rangers lead visitors up to the Quarry by car caravans between October and April.

For more information about the park, visit the Web site at
www.nps.gov/dino/ .

 
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