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Dinosaur National Monument ought to be designated a National Park by an act of Congress.

The proposed Dinosaur National Park would be dedicated to five sciences:

  • Paleontology
  • Geology
  • Biology
  • Archaeology
  • History

National parks are characterized by large size and multiple features. The existing national monument fits these criteria. In terms of tourism and recreation, it is located within a day's drive of ten other national parks. Visitors engage in a wide variety of recreational activities from car sightseeing and viewing Native American rock art to multi-day river trips on the Green and Yampa Rivers. The most famous attraction, currently closed pending reconstruction, is the main dinosaur fossil quarry discovered by Earl Douglass in 1909.


Dr. Robert Starr Waite
737 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Phone: 801-485-0867
E-mail: dr.robert.waite@gmail.com


Map of Dinosaur National Monument


Dinosaur National Monument was originally established as an 80-acre area by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on October 4, 1915, under authority of the Antiquities Act, for the purpose of preserving a rich deposit of fossilized dinosaur bones found here in an excellent state of preservation. By proclamation of July 14, 1938, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the area was extended to include other resources of great scientific interest, such as the canyon of the Yampa River and the Canyon of Lodore, Whirlpool Canyon, and Split Mountain Canyon on the Green River. The total area, including State and private lands within the exterior boundaries, as of October 1945, is approximately 209,744 acres.


Matheson proposes national park fund increase (01-23-2009)
BLM backs off plan to issue oil & gas leases near Utah national parks (11-26-2008)
Park Service OKs new center at Dinosaur National Monument (10-07-2008)
Archive of selected news articles from the past


Dinosaur National Monument - National Park Service


The Dinosaur National Monument, by Earl Douglass
The History of Dinosaur National Monument's Douglas Quarry: The Park Service Years

Last Updated: December 7, 2008