This post is misleading. We did in fact make it to Dinosaur National Monument. I have the picture of the sign to prove it.
But we didn’t get to actually experience the park.
We took a very long back road from Colorado National Monument to Dinosaur. It was beautiful and definitely “the road less traveled”. Not a lot of traffic and some gorgeous views. Great route for seeing nature, not so great for finding a bathroom.
Unfortunately, by the time we made it to Dinosaur National Monument, the visitor’s center and shuttle bus to the quarry were closed. And that was the whole reason for going. We weren’t sure what to do.
We thought that maybe we’d spend the night at the campground at the monument and do the quarry in the morning. The kids have always wanted to camp and we had our tent with us.
There were two problems with this though:
1. There was a burn ban on. No campfires and no charcoal grills (we had a charcoal grill). This meant cold hot dogs for dinner. And really, is camping ANY fun without a fire?
2. It was still early in the evening and both Andy and I couldn’t help but think about how many more miles closer to Washington we could get that night.
So, in the end we kept driving and left Dinosaur in the dust. We will definitely stop there again sometime – during the day!!
Have any of you been to Dinosaur National Monument? Is it worth the drive??