Dinosaur Diamond

Love Dinosaurs, Ancient History?

Rugged western culture, great wildlife viewing? Surrounded by scenic beauty ? Over 480 miles on the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway takes you through the region of the United States with the highest concentration of dinosaur fossils found anywhere in the world. Each of the four corners of the diamond shaped route is anchored by a world-class museum featuring dinosaur bones, fossils and lore. In between, there are trackways, quarries, and hillsides where dinosaurs walked the earth millions of years ago. Yet, Dinosaur Diamond is not just about dinosaurs. There are three more stories – and astounding scenic views. The ancient Native Americans tribes that lived here millenniums ago left behind enough rock art that you can travel the entire route of the Byway to marvel at these locations. Pioneers settled the area in the late 1800s, in towns that are now carefully preserved. Some of America’s most dramatic natural wonders such as Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park for starters, add especially dramatic irreplaceable natural beauty to the experience.

5 Stories About Dinasaur Diamond

Dinosaurs

Native American Rock Art

Western Heritage

Natural Attractions

Wildlife Viewing

Other Attractions

Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway

Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway

The most popular gateway to Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway is the Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway, The Byway gets its name from the cliffs of blazing red rock of the Flaming Gorge, which loom about the Green River, Along the way expect to see wildlife surrounded by scenic beauty. 12 interpretive panels reveal the story of the Byway.

Uintah County Heritage Museum

Uintah County Heritage Museum

Experts at the Uintah County Heritage Museum believe that Native American rock are in the area is much more than random doodles. The images reflect aesthetic, magical, religious, historical, and astronomical elements as the artists attempted to explore their understanding of daily life and depict what they experienced. Visit here to learn more about the ancient rock art and the culture that surrounded it.

Dinosaur National Monument Fremont Indian Petroglyphs

Dinosaur National Monument Fremont Indian Petroglyphs

Even though Dinosaur National Monument is most famous for dinosaur remains, the monument is also filled with both petroglyphs and pictographs created by the Fremont people. The ―classic Vernal style‖ is characterized by humanlike figures, animal-like figures, and abstract designs. Science has not yet revealed why they were created. Most of the rock art locations are accessible from the Quarry Visitor Center entrance.

Canyon Pintado

Canyon Pintado

Hundreds of archeological sites from the Fremont culture appear in Canyon Pintado or ―Painted Canyon,‖ a 17 mile stretch of US Highway 139 managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Seven of the premier locations: Waving Hands Site, Kokopelli Site, White Birds Site, Cow Canyon Site, East Four Mile Draw, Hoodoo Site and Lookout Point, are available to view.

Colorado National Monument White Rocks Rock Art Site

Colorado National Monument White Rocks Rock Art Site

Best known for the grand landscape of the West protected and preserved here, the White Rocks Rock Art Site in Colorado National Monument is reached from the trailhead of Gold Star Canyon. It features petroglyphs carved into a variety of locations in the rugged rock landscape, most of which depict family life in the area. With its astounding scenery, Rim Rock Drive is worth the time on its own.

Rock Art at McDonald Creek Cultural Area

Rock Art at McDonald Creek Cultural Area

Experience some of Colorado’s most stunning rock art just as it was when ancient Native American cultures lived here, preserved by the Bureau of Land Management as a part of the McGinnis Canyon National Conservation Area. As you explore the McDonald Creek Cultural Area look under rock overhangs, on cliffs, and other natural places to discover the images that ancient cultures left behind.

Western Colorado Museum — Museum Of The West

Western Colorado Museum — Museum Of The West

Thousands of years of history in Western Colorado is revealed at the Museum of the West, one of the magnificent collection of Western Colorado Museums. Study Fremont and Ute rock art, while placing it into the context of Colorado’s historical timeline.

Sego Canyon

Sego Canyon

The Fremont people lived in Sego Canyon between 600 A.D. and 1250 A.D. Yet, they are not the area’s earliest people. Rock art created by the Fremont culture peacefully coexists with rock art created in 7,000 B.C. and 2,000 B.C., when the area was occupied by the most ancient ancestral people that settled the area. Examples of art from the different periods are relatively accessible from the canyon entrance.

Arches National Park Pictographs

Amidst the astounding rock arches of Arches National Park, you’ll discover petroglyphs at Wolfe Ranch which depicts riders on horseback created in the period when horses were being introduced into America by the Spanish. The rock art at Courthouse Wash dates from the archaic Native Americans similar to the time period of the earliest art in Sego Canyon. Painted in the Barrier Canyon style, the rock art was later enhanced by later civilizations. One panel that was vandalized and restored revealed layer upon layer of pictographs painted over the millenniums. It must have been a way to update the news.

Museum of Moab

Designed to interpret the human presence throughout geologic time in the area, the Museum of Moab has been completely remodeled to reveal the timeline of life as it has unfolded in the area.

Potash Road Pictographs

The road to the Potash Road Rock Art Site and UT State Scenic Byway 279 are one and the same. Here they call the hundreds of petroglyphs visible from the road ―Indian writing.‖ One of the most famous rock art panels extends along the road for 125 feet. Later on the road you will discover rock art combined with dinosaur tracks and Jug Handle Arch, one of the myriad of stone archest in the area. Potash Road is also part of the Moab Area Rock Art Tour which includes 6 locations where rock art is easily accessible in the city of Moab.

Moab Rock Art Sites on the Moab Rock Art Tour

The Birthing Scene is a large boulder with rock art on all four sides, with figures and designs ranging from the formative to the historic Ute period. The birthing scene faces the road. The Kane Creek Boulevard Rock Art is located at the mouth of Moon Flower Canyon, on a rock cliff dating from the archaic to formative period of Native American settlements in the area. The Golf Course Rock Art Site is approximately 4 miles from the corner of Main and Center in downtown Moab. Designs appear in a panel nearly 90 feet wide and 30 feet high.

Newspaper Rock

In Navajo, Newspaper Rock is called ―Tse Hone‖ translated as a rock that tells a story. Indeed, the rock does tell an incredible story in a 200 square foot surface covered with 650 petroglyphs. The earliest, which were carved 2,000 years ago, include animals, humans, and symbols, revealing the story of the people who have lived in the area for millenniums. More recent carvings are interspersed into the overall picture.

Edge of Cedars State Park Museum

Explore the lifestyle of ancestral Native Americas up close and personal in an ancient village which contains the largest collection of artifacts southeastern Utah. Climb down a ladder to enter a 1,000 year old kiva, a typical ancestral home between 800 A.D. and 1200 A.D. in this area. Petroglyphs give way to basketry, jewelry, pottery, tools, and more. Check out any special programs available when you visit to learn more.

San Rafael Swell

The San Rafael Swell, managed by the Bureau of Land Management that stared in Star Trek, holds evidence of Native American cultures throughout the history of the southeastern Utah. Three of the most famous rock art locations include the little visited Millsite Rock Art Site, which once featured detailed writings, where each subject has eyes, noses and mouths. A second panel is full of delicately carved odd shapes from deer to people. A third panel is full of Fremont petroglyphs. The Buckhorn Draw Pictograph Panel was left by both the Barrier Canyon Culture and the Fremont Culture. From about 1776 to the mid-1850s the Old Spanish Trail passed through this area.

Black Dragon Pictograph

Elongated pictograph images attributed to the ancient Barrier Canyon Culture that are stylistically different from those of the Fremont culture appear on this mysterious red painted pictograph within the Black Dragon Wash of the San Rafael Swell. In the past, someone chalked a figure combining several images which resemble a dragon, giving the canyon its name.

Rochester Panel Rock Art Site

Inspired by nature, the most iconic image in the Rochester Rock Art Panel is a rainbow, unique within petroglyphs which are typical of the Fremont culture. A Trail climbs along the side of the hill to reach the Rochester Panel, perched at the point of the ridge where a side canyon joins the main branch of Muddy Creek. Other petroglyphs appear on the cliffs to the right as you climb the trail.

Travel Itinerary for Dinosaur Diamond Rock Art Experience

Day One

Gateway Airport: Either Salt Lake City, Utah or Denver, Colorado
Plan to land in the afternoon
Travel to Rock Springs, Wyoming, the gateway to the Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway that
will take you to the route of the Dinosaur Diamond Rock Art Experience
Overnight accommodations: Rock Springs, Wyoming

Day Two

Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway
Uintah County Heritage Museum
Canyon Pintado
Colorado National Monument Rock Art
Rock Art at MacDonald Creek
Overnight: Grand Junction, Colorado

Day Three

Museum of the West
Sego Canyon
Arches National Park
Overnight: Moab, Utah Castle Valley Bed and Breakfast

Day Four

Museum of Moab
Moab Rock Art Sites
Newspaper Rock
Edge of Cedars State Park
Overnight: Blanding, Utah Apple Lane Guest House

Day Five

San Rafael Swell
Black Dragon Panel
Rochester PanelBuckhorn Wash
Overnight: Price, Utah

Day Six

Nine Mile Canyon
Overnight: Nine Mile Ranch, Salt Lake City or Denver

Dinosaur National Monument UT/CO/National Park Service
Red Fleet State Park, UT
Red Fleet Dinosaur Trackway
Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway
Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum
Ashley National Forest
Colorado National Monument
Riggs Hill Trail Museum (first dinosaur excavation)
Dinosaur Hill Interpretive Trail
Museum of Western Colorado Dinosaur Journey
Fruita Paleo Area Trail
Mygatt-Moore Quarry
Dinosaur National Monument Quarry
Utah State University Prehistoric Museum
Museum of San Rafael Swell
Jurassic National Monument
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, Bureau of Land Management
Mill Canyon Dinosaur Track Site
Dinosaur Stomping Grounds
Willow Springs Dinosaur Track Site
Moab Dinosaur Museum
Poison Spider Track Site
Moab Museum
Dinosaur Museum Butler Wash Dinosaur Track Site
Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway
Dry Mesa Quarry
Rabbit Valley Dinosaur Quarry
Mammoth Discovery Site
Moab Giants

Dead Horse Point State Park
Museum of Western Colorado Museum of the West
Cross Orchards Historic Site
Swett Ranch National Historic Site
John Jarvie Ranch Historic Site
Rangeley Automobile Museum
Utah Field House of Natural History Western Heritage Museum
Western Mining and Railroad Museum
Museum of the San Rafael Pioneer Museum
John Wesley Powell River Museum
Sego Canyon Ghost Town
Moab Museum
Frontier Museum
Delta County Historical Museum
Monticello Frontier Museum
Ephriam Canyon Heritage Tour
Uncompahgre State Forest Special Wilderness Places
Nine Mile Ranch
San Rafael Swell Butch Cassidy
The Outlaw Trail

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area/ US Forest Service
Red Fleet State Park, UT
Steinaker State Park, UT
Vernal Community Recreation Resources
Ashley National Forest
High Uintas Wilderness Area, US Forest Service
Fred Hayes State Park at Starvation
Manti-La Sal National Forest
Scofield State Park
Price Canyon Recreation Area, Bureau of Land Management
Price Community Recreation Resources
Huntington Lake State Park
Millsite Lake State Park
Castle Dale Community Recreation Resources
Capitol Reef National Park
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bureau of Land Management
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, National Park Service
Goblin Valley State Park
Natural Bridges National Monument, National Park Service
San Juan National Forest
Uncompahgre National Forest
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Canyon Rims Recreation Area, Bureau of Land Management
Moab Area Community Recreation Resources
Dead Horse Point State Park
Green River State Park
Colorado River State Park
White River National Forest
Grand Junction Community Recreation Resources
Fruita Community Recreation Resources
Rangely Community Recreation Resources
Red Canyon National Recreation Area
Dark Canyon Wilderness
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge
Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway
Manti-La Sal National Forest
Huntington and Eccles Canyon National Scenic Byway
Huntington Lake State Park
Millsite Lake State Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bureau of Land Management
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, National Park Service
Goblin Valley State Park
Natural Bridges National Monument, National Park Service
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Canyon Rims Recreation Area, Bureau of Land Management
Arches National Park
Green River State Park
Harpers Corner Scenic Drive
Indian Canyon Scenic Byway
Red Cloud Loop Scenic Backway
Elk Ridge State Scenic Byway
La Sal Mountain Loop State Scenic Byway
San Rafael Reef
Stewart Lake Wildfowl Management Area
Wedge Overlook
Little Grand Canyon
Book Cliffs
Buckhorn Draw
Desolation Canyon
Molen Reef
Needles Overlook
Anticline Overlook
Fisher Towers

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