The Dinosaur Bone Wall

A Dinosaur Bone
Jennifer standing next to a large bone on the dinosaur bone wall.

There is a place where a person can step back in time to see the bones of long-extinct creatures. This magical place is aptly named Dinosaur National Monument. Many fossils of dinosaurs were excavated here and have made their way to many of our nation’s best museums. The most amazing part is that fossils remain here and in a very large quantity on the Dinosaur Bone Wall.

Dinosaur Bone
The many bones on the congested Bone Wall.

The main attraction of the monument is the dinosaur bone wall which was excavated in place and then the Quarry Exhibit Hall was constructed around it. The Dinosaur Bone Wall is a stone wall that measures over 150′ in length, it is over two stories tall and has more than 1,500 exposed bones. This place allows visitors to discover these bones not as reconstructions like most museums, but in the natural state in which they were originally discovered over a century ago.

Dinosaur Bone Wall at Dinosaur National Monument
A section of the 150′ long Dinosaur Bone Wall.

The Morrison Formation

Dinosaur Vertebrae
The vertebrae of a dinosaur.

The historic environmental conditions were perfect for preserving the petrified bones of these massive creatures. This layer of soil is known as the Morrison formation. Scientists have placed this formation in what is known as the late Jurassic Period, which is thought to have been about 150 million years ago. What was flat ground due to tectonic plate movements through the millennia has been turned on end so that the Morrison formation is now turned on end. It has been exposed as a vein on the surface of the earth making it easier for ancient fossils to be discovered as in many cases natural erosion unearths them.

Dinosaur National Park Ranger
A ranger leads the way on the Fossil Discovery Trail.

In fact, there is a guided hike in Dinosaur National Monument along the Fossil Discovery Trail, where rangers will point out several naturally exposed bones sticking out of the hills.

Dinosaur National Monument

Visitor to Dinosaur National Monument
Jake being a Dinosaur.

Being an adult child like I am, someone who is still able to remember the fascination I had with dinosaurs as a kid and the wonder that the movie Jurassic Park brought to my young mind, I found Dinosaur National Monument to be an amazing adventure. The Dinosaur Bone Wall is definitely the star of the monument, but the beauty of the Green River, the Yampa River, and the canyons the two rivers have carved out, not to mention the amazing petroglyphs from the Native Americans, makes this entire park a highly recommended destination when visiting the central west of the United States.

The Dinosaur Bone Wall
The skull of a Camarasaurus Dinosaur.



More Images of the Dinosaur Bone Wall

If you want to check out more of the Dinosaur Bone Wall you can take a look at the digital version of the wall that the Quarry Exhibit has started. It has info on about 500 of the more than 5,000 bones on the wall.

Dinosaur Joint
A close up of the joints of a dinosaur.

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More dinosaur fossils.

Big Dinosaur Bones
Fossilized vertebrae.

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A veritable log jam of Dinosaur Bones.

The fossilized vertebrae of a Dinosaur.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. MARK HYRE says:

    tremendous and interesting photos and information. great.

  2. Liesl says:

    Thanks for your great pictures and description of The Dinosaur wall! As part of the team representing the Dinosaur National Monument, we love to hear about some of the great experiences people have visiting our corner of the world.

    1. momentsbeyond says:

      Thanks. I do love the Monument and look forward to returning again one day. I hope I can do some rafting next time.

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