Dinosaur National Monument's visitor center temporarily closed

Superintendent Mary Risser announced Thursday that the facility that has served as Dinosaur National Monument’s visitor center since the Quarry Visitor Center’s closure will not be open Feb. 16 through 19.

During that time, staff will move the visitor center and Intermountain Natural History Association bookstore to a new location in preparation for the construction of the new visitor center and exhibit hall.

A temporary visitor center just outside the park boundary, about four miles north of Jensen, Utah, on State Route 149, will serve visitors during construction until the new facilities are open.

Among the exhibits is a cast of “one of the most complete skeletons of a Jurassic Period meat-eating dinosaur found anywhere in the world,” according to a news release. The replica shows the bones just as they were discovered in the field.

Remarkably complete, even down to tiny bones of the wrist, this specimen was found buried in a 150-million-year-old river deposit.

The temporary visitor center will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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