Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dinosaur National Monument – Day 12

There is an area on the Utah/Colorado border that has an abnormally large amount of dinosaur fossils caused by a river that used to flow in the area that had a bend.  When dinosaurs would die, they would be washed up by the river and deposited in this bend where they would quickly get covered up with other sediment.

They built up the Visitor’s Center around the wall with most of the fossils; however, it is currently under construction so we didn’t get to see it.  We did go down a trail that had fragments of bones on the wall.

The area used to be home to the Ute Indians that had left Petroglyphs on the rocks.  The lizards had been scraped into the rock on an area that was way to high for us to be able to reach it. 

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