Dinosaur Area - Northwest Colorado

Includes Rangely

 

Rafting the Yampa River, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
Ancient rock walls of the Yampa River Photo credit: O.A.R.S.

 

Located three miles east of the Utah border in Moffat County, is a quiet, friendly community of 400 residents. Renamed Dinosaur in 1965 because of its proximity to Dinosaur National Monument, the town originally known as Artesia, has street names like Tyrannosaurus Trail and Brontosaurus Boulevard. The community welcomes visitors and travelers from around the world for the many spectacular sites and recreational opportunities of the area. There are herds of pronghorn antelope, deer, elk and wild horses. Miles of scenic adventure roads, bike paths, and hiking trails through high desert plateaus, canyons, and mountains are bountiful. There are nearby mountain streams with beaver dams, a wealth of bird life, small mammals, and thousands of square miles of public lands to explore.

Located 2 miles east of the town of Dinosaur is Dinosaur National Monument. The first dinosaur bones were discovered here in 1909 by Andrew Carnegie and Earl Douglas. Over time, scientists have discovered 13 species of dinosaur in Dinosaur National Monument.

Rangley was originally a Ute Indian trading post and, later, rancher's territory. You can look even further into the past on a self-guided tour, where you can view ruins and ancient art depicted on the rock walls. Maps and information are available at the Rangely Museum, just east of town. A great place to cool off in the summer is Kenny Reservoir, five miles to the East of Rangley. Enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming at this small, but pleasant watering hole. For a sunset and solitude, drive about 20 minutes south of town up Rabbit Mountain, where worries fade and memories are made.

is near: Meeker

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O.A.R.S. Colorado Rafting  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Our journeys set an easy pace. The Yampa River & Green River rafting trips are considered to be two of Colorado's classic rafting trips. Enjoy hikes in river canyons, quiet beach camps & moderate whitewater.

Whitewater Rafting More fun things to do 



Featured Dinosaur Area Businesses

Buck 'n' Bull RV Park & Campground
In Rangely a short drive to Dinosaur National Monument & Kenny Reservoir. BIG RIG friendly: spacious sites with pull thrus. Separate tent area. The highway is along the undeveloped portion of our Park.

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O.A.R.S. Colorado Rafting  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Our journeys set an easy pace. The Yampa River & Green River rafting trips are considered to be two of Colorado's classic rafting trips. Enjoy hikes in river canyons, quiet beach camps & moderate whitewater.

Whitewater Rafting More fun things to do 



For more travel information contact:

Dinosaur Area Activities and Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Dinosaur National Monument

Scenic Byways:
Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Green River Rafting

Jeep & 4WD:
Dinosaur & Rangely Jeeping & ATV Trails


 
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