If you are like us, you love adventure. When you think about your next family travel destination, you want to be able to do things that you’ve never done before and have fun while doing it.
Choosing Dinosaurland is the only place in the world where you can actually touch 150 million year-old dinosaur bones! Not to mention, there are more than 1,500 fossils encased in the fossil wall at Dinosaurland.
Dinosaurland is located in Uintah County, Utah. Surrounding areas like Vernal and Flaming Gorge are nearby to enjoy and explore. While there is the Dinosaur National Monument and the fossil bone wall, there is so much more to do and they are all reasons why you need to visit Dinosaurland!
Make Learning Fun!
If your family wants to immerse themselves in the Wild West, there are plenty of museums that can help you experience all the history of the Wild West. There are 3 museums to choose from, The Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Museum display historic artifacts from the early settlers and Fremont and Ute Indians. The museum is housed in the first tithing office in Uintah County, a rock building erected in 1887.
I know my girls love to go to museums and to see things they have never seen before. They love to learn and museums are great for making it fun for them.
Uintah County Heritage Museum features displays of the pioneers, Native American Indians, miners, soldiers, lawmen and outlaws who helped shape the history of the Uintah Basin. Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum is Utah’s newest dinosaur museum and dinosaur park.
You will find gorgeous murals and tile floors help visitors connect geological time to real-time places in Vernal. Life-size replicas of dinosaurs peek into the museum through windows looking out onto the new Dinosaur Gardens. Can you imagine the size?
Take a Hike!
No, really! There are many trails that you can hike or bike through and there is no shortage of natural beauty. There is always the Dinosaur National Monument. There are about 36 trails and adventures to get your hands on, the more the better I say!
About the Dinosaur National Monument:
On your bike, you can ride where the dinosaurs once roamed. This is but one of the numerous riding opportunities that exist in this area. It loops through the high desert, over stretches of slickrock, and provides scenic overlooks of this spectacular eroded area.
Get Wet and Wild!
There are about 36 trails to explore and you can bet that each one offers something unique. You definitely have to make it to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. It is a massive lake that remains uncrowded despite its beauty.
The red sand shores, the dramatic skyline, the steep canyons are a sight to see. You can boat or fish on the Gorge. Plus, there are other water sports you can do like waterskiing and windsurfing. If you’re an adrenaline junkie–this is the place for you.
Take on the Rapids.
You can even take a trip down Northeastern Utah’s Green or Yampa River. The Yampa River sports many Class III rapids and one Class IV known as Warm Springs Rapid. You can take a five-day run and begin your adventure at Deerlodge Park and make your way to the Green River for the last two days with lots of adventure in between. Keep in mind, permits are required for boating within the Dinosaur National Monument boundaries.
Take a Drive.
One of the things we most enjoy doing is renting a car and becoming one with the roads of places unexplored. There is absolutely nothing like it. One thing that this destination offers in droves is views. Can you impinge zipping through the winding roads and seeing this as the landscape rolling by? There is a bounty of breathtaking views, you might start to wonder if you’ve stepped into a post card.
Stay, Play and Abound in Adventure.
Utah and Dinosaurland have so much to offer, there are tons of accommodation options too. Whether you love to rough it, you can choose from an array of campgrounds that keep you close to nature. Offering unforgettable views and stargazing at night. If you love more historical digs, you can always opt to stay in a B+B. There are various hotels to choose from as well.
One thing is for sure, when you visit Dinosaurland with your family–you’ll leave changed. There is no way that you cannot be touched by the beauty, the history of the Wild West and the adventure.
Do you and your family love adventure?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by Visit Dinosaurland. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.