Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway

The Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway is a prehistoric highway of exploration of scenic and history. You will soon discover that it is a roaming classroom. The 512 mile Byways covers Colorado and Utah. You will see National Parks and National Monuments, Historic district as well as, National Recreation Areas. Some of the best small town museums in the country are along this route.

The La Sale Mountains

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument in northwest Colorado protects a large dinosaur fossil quarry, as well as, the canyons and plateaus that surround the site. You will see paleontologists chipping away at excavating dinosaur fossils. The park rangerare on hand to explain the process as you watch the work. After tour the visitors center, you will come away with a new understand of the dinosaur age.

The area also is home to abundant wildlife. So keep you camera ready. The peregrine falcon, bald eagle can easy be seen in the area. Black bears and mountain lions share the landscape with antelope, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep. The early morning and late evening are the best times to view these animals.

You will see Dinosaurs come alive along The Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. These reconstructed robotic display of moving, life-size, life-like dinosaurs that were once found in this region make the floor shake. This a hands on, interactive Museum. 550 Jurassic Court. Fruita, Colorado 970-858-7282

The Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway

Canyon Pintado

The Canyon Pintado Historic District, south of Rangely, in the Douglas Valley has been occupied by prehistoric people for 11,000 years. There are more than fifty archaeological sites in the Canyon Pintado District. You will also see fine examples of ancient rock art and Native American petroglyhs and pictographs at left behind by early man. This are is in the middle of nowhere and it is dry desert backcountry so bring lots of water. Some of the Museums along the route

 

  • Western Heritage Museum,Vernal, Utah.
  • Early Settlers, Fremont and Indian artifacts
  • blacksmith display
  • Barbershop
  • Country store with ladies fashions
  • One room schoolroom
  • Gilsonite exhibit
  • Old rifles, saddles, tack and leather
  • Photos exhibits of every Uintah Sheriff from 1880 to the
  • present
  • Women of Courage
  • Horse-Drawn equipment
  • John Jarvie Ranch Historic Site, Vernal Area, Utah.
  • Turn-of-the-century frontier ranch life at the ford on The Green
  • River.
  • The Jarvie Ranch had a store, post office, river ferry and
  • cemetery.
  • Western Mining and Railroad Museum, Helper, Utah.
  • Housed in a 1914 hotel.
  • Mining displays.
  • Railroad Displayscommunity.
  • Photos exhibits.
  • Emery County Pioneer Museum, Castle Dale, Utah .
  • Pioneer school room.
  • Farm equipment, .
  • A kitchen setting, .
  • Country Store.
  • The organ and furniture the Johnson Family.
  • Fine arts exhibit of remarkable pioneer needlework.
  • A special exhibit on Butch Cassidy, a local outlaws. .
  • Dan O’Laurie Museum of Moab.
  • Ute Indian artifacts.
  • Explorations of Spanish missionaries.
  • Pioneer ranching or mining Moab life. .
  • rock and mineral display.
  • Massive bones from dinosaurs.
  • Children’s “hands on” policy.

 

The other major attractions along this route are:Flaming Gorge National recreation area
CanyonLands National Park
Arches National Park
Bridges National Monument
Colorado National Monument
The Colorado and The Green Rivers

In addition to all the history and scenery you will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

The dinosaur diamond is 512 mile loop starting at from Grand junction. I suggest taking you time and enjoy the desert. Five days works nicely days.