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post #1 of 6 Old 09-19-2017, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Dinosaur Nat'l. Monument - fine sand!

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I'm back from my trip to Dinosaur Nat'l. Monument and the Moab area, and between the two, I really have to recommend Echo Park, in Dinosaur N.M. for both the ride down the canyon and for the excellent camping. It's a little out of the way, not too busy or touristy (like Moab), and one of the rangers working there is super cute. (There's something attractive about a woman in a Forest Service uniform...)

- The ride down to Echo Park is just like going down the grand canyon; it is about 14 miles of red stone trail with hairpin turns, steep drops, and some of the finest sand I've ever seen - it was as fine as baby powder, and slick as grease. Along the way there are a couple of easy water crossings, lots of petroglyphs, and even a few historic cabins, but be warned - the road is impassable if it has been raining, due to the (greasy) sand.

- Camping down in Echo Park is at a semi-developed campsite (i.e., they have a pit toilet and water) which is a value at $10/night, but the best things about it are the echoing canyon walls, the petroglyphs, and the confluence of the Yampa river (muddy) and the Green river (clear). I left the campsite at dawn and there were so many different shades of red and orange as I was ascending the canyon, it hurt my eyes.

In short, I highly recommend Dinosaur N.M. to anyone coming out to north-western Colorado or eastern Utah, as it's both a solid back-county ride and a real trip back in time.
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Where are the pictures???????????????

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I am sorry, but I didn't have a camera on this trip. I did make some lovely sketches, though...
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I would second the recommendation. Be advised that there are actually two entrances to Dinosaur National Monument. One entrance is in Colorado. The Colorado entrance leads to, among other things; Echo Park Camp Ground. The other entrance is in Utah. The Utah entrance is where the Quarry Exhibit Hall is located. FWIW, you can't get from one to the other within the park, except I suppose on foot, but that'd probably not be a real good idea. In any case it is well worth seeing this place from both locations. The attached are from the Quarry Exhibit Hall side. The Quarry Exhibit Hall is well worth the visit. Also here is a link to a map of the park: https://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/maps.htm

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