Thursday, July 10, 2008

Not worth the money

I live in Vernal Utah - about 20 minutes from Dinosaur National Monument. Some friends recently came down to visit from the northwest and we visited the park. The admission cost was $10 per vehicle, and since we took 2 vehicles we spent a total of $20. But here's the problem: The main attraction here is a fossilized dinosaur that lies half exposed in a hillside. This dinosaur is encased in a building perched at the top of a hill. This building is dilapidated and hence, off limits to the patrons until 2012. Regardless of this fact, the park still charges regular full admission price. The alternative is a mile long trail along which the optimistic hiker finds him/herself looking for a few random fossilized pieces of bone in the rocks (which look about like the common rock in which they are embedded). The hike is okay, but nothing much beyond any hike you might take anywhere in the same hills just outside the park. In summary, this is not a visit I would recommend. There are alot of beautiful hikes and points of interest around here, so if you're thinking of visiting Dinosaur National Monument I suggest you save your $10 and drive up to Flaming Gorge.

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