Sculptured by wind, water and time, the state of Utah boasts the most complete record of fossil life of anywhere on earth. Each year a staggering 20 species are discovered in the western part of Utah. Whether you are seeking state-of-the-art museums interpreting this real life "Jurassic Park", looking for dinosaur excavating viewing opportunities in remote quarries or want the chance to walk in dinosaur tracks.....you'll find it all on this leisurely fly-drive through some of the most astonishing scenery in the USA.
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Your journey begins in Salt Lake City, a modern friendly place surrounded by lakes and snow-capped mountains. During your time here head for the Natural History Museum of Utah which showcases the State's natural wonders, or check out the George S Eccles Dinosaur Park in nearby Ogden. You'll love strolling around Temple Square in the beautiful downtown district of Salt Lake City, here you can visit the many historical sights, exquisite gardens and the largest genealogy library of its kind in the world.
Within the Great Salt Lake (the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere) is Antelope Island. This island is teeming with free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, and many other desert animals. Consider spending time here strolling along the sandy beaches or dipping your toes in the in the lake's salty waters. For a step back in time, visit the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch on the island.
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Today, on route to your three night stay in Moab, consider stopping at the Prehistoric Museum in Price which displays eight complete skeletons plus dinosaur eggs. A detour of 30 miles will take you into remote countryside and the Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry, the world's greatest concentration of Jurassic dinosaur bones have been uncovered here. A less challenging choice would be the John Wesley Powell River Museum in Green River which highlights the exploits of this one-armed Civil War veteran.
Moab is your base from which to explore some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of the USA. Spend time in Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, and the lesser known but equally jaw-dropping Dead Horse State Park. Dinosaur attractions here include Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail, Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway and Moab Giants Dinosaur Museum. Fancy a hike or mountain biking? Check out the Dinosaur Stomping Grounds Trail and the Poison Spider and Willow Springs dinosaur tracks.
in 2022 Utah's newest State Park near Moab, Utahraptor will open. Covering over 6,500 acres of trails, campgrounds, and fossil beds with more bones than Dinosaur National Monument. The park’s namesake, the Utahraptor, was first discovered here in 1991, and has since become the state’s official dinosaur. The big draw to Utahraptor is obviously the paleontological bounty. But there’s going to be a lot more to it than that. Major activities here will include extensive trails for hiking and mountain biking as well as ATV trails.
Distance: 75 milesNatural Bridges National Monument is not only home to three of the largest rock arches in the world, it is also the world's first Dark Sky Park and offers stargazing programmes during the summer months
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