Originally named Artesia, Dinosaur was renamed in 1966, to signify its proximity to Dinosaur National Monument. Situated in the remote Northwest, Dinosaur is a lot tinier than it looks on the map. There are two gas stations and a couple places to eat.
Highway Bar & Grill is the only place in town that serves up cold beer and grilled food including burgers. It’s located on the main block of town.
Dinosaur National Monument – The visitor center and entrance to the Colorado side of the monument is located two miles east of town. The Colorado side features stunning views and a scenic drive. The Utah side of the monument, where the dinosaur fossils are, is about 22 miles west.
If visiting the monument, it’s best to stay in either Rangely, Colorado, or Vernal, Utah. They are the biggest towns with the most lodging. Camping is best in Jensen, UT.
- Dinosaur National Monument’s largest campground is located near the Utah Visitor Center in Jensen, UT, about 22 miles west of Dinosaur.
- Read about the camping near Rangely and Dinosaur.
- White River, to the south in Rangely, has good fishing.
- Read about the hiking trails near Dinosaur and Meeker.
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