To the editor:
We’ve been traveling constantly in our RV for over 11 years, so we’ve been in literally hundreds of visitor centers. But we’ve never seen one like the Moffat County Tourist Visitor Information Center.
Melody Villard, the director, gave us a tour of the center, which is laid out like the county itself. The tour is like a preview of all the amazing things Moffat county has to offer.
In our short visit, we took the audio tour of the drive from the town of Dinosaur into Dinosaur National Monument. The audio tour, which we got from Melody, added interest and even humor to the drive. The National Monument is not to be missed.
Moffat County has another wonderful drive called 65 Million Years in 65 Miles. Melody gave us a handout that describes the history and geology of the area. It also gives clear directions of the drive and options in case the backcountry part of the drive is impassable.
That backcountry road, cutting through sandstone canyons, is incredible. And the wildlife! We saw bison, pronghorn, mule deer and even baby birds in their sandstone nests with busy parents feeding them.
We also visited the wonderful Sand Wash Herd Management Area where the Bureau of Land Management protects wild horses which are descended from those turned loose by the conquistadors. At every rise on the drive there’s an opportunity to see these magnificent creatures. Each one is a distinctive color or pattern.
If we lived in the area, we’d be out there at every chance getting to know the horses of the herd, which ones stay with which, who has foals and where they’re likely to be on the range.
A highlight of our visit was a tour of the Tri-State power plant at Craig. Moffat County should be very proud of this clean burning electric generation plant. This plant is 99 percent emission free! It proves that we can use coal to produce electricity without befouling our air.
Coal is abundant, relatively inexpensive and safe. Craig’s power plant is the model for the future of electric generation. We were extremely impressed.
Our time in Moffat County has made it clear that we must return, as there’s so much we didn’t get done.
We had occasion to visit just two of the area restaurants, Vallartas and Carelli’s. If those two are any indication, there’s a lot of good food and friendly service in Craig.
We have yet to pay our respects to the magnificent bull elk with the huge antlers. We haven’t gone to museums or seen the woodcarvings. And we’d love to learn more about the Trapper coal mine and its award winning reclamation of mined lands.
We look forward to our return visit.
When we travel we send e-mails to 59 others. Some of them forward our e-mails to still others. Sharing our adventures and pictures with family and friends is one of our favorite things about traveling.
Art and Roxanne Farmer
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