Dinosaur National Monument stradles the border between Utah and Colorado, near the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. Mostly in Colorado, there are so many wonders packed into an area of roughly 330 square miles. Consequently, it is a premiere destination for photographers.
Dinosaur National Monument is home to grand landscapes, geologic wonders, ancient ruins, petroglyphs, and dinosaur fossils. There is something for everyone.
Photos from Dinosaur National Monument
Here is a selection of photographs we took during our fall visit to the park and surrounding areas. We have divided the gallery into two parts: landscapes and petroglyphs.
The petroglyphs are in color and black and white. We find that more detail seems to be visible in the black and white versions.
Where to photograph in Dinosaur NM
Dinosaur is one of those parks where you hear people say, “You can’t get there from here.” There are four paved roads that provide access to the park — from four different directions. Once in the park, several high-clearance dirt roads take you further into the interior.
So, to make the most of your visit and find that perfect shot, you will need to do some planning. For instance, what will be the best time to photograph the canyons, the petroglyphs, or the rock formations? Are the dirt roads passable? Should you go at dawn, sunset, or sometime in between? Where can you get fuel and other necessities.
The NPS Dinosaur Website will answer most of your questions. It has the latest information about closures, current road conditions, and available tours. If you go to the maps section, there is a nice interactive map that shows the available roads, what they require, and the sights along the way.
Other places around Dinosaur NM
Dinosaur National Monument is not the only destination in this area. Be sure to visit Red Fleet State Park, Fantasy Canyon, and the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park in Vernal.
Red Fleet State Park
Ten miles north of Vernal, Utah, is Red Fleet State Park. When seen against the horizon, the red sandstone formations of the park look like a fleet of ships sailing in the sky. Learn more about the park at https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/red-fleet/.
Fantasy Canyon is an erosional landscape that is about 25 mile south of Vernal, Utah. Fanciful formations fill this small area of aboutHere is information about the geology of this area.
Utah Field House
The Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal, Utah, is one of the best places in the state to see dinosaur fossils. If you have the time, it is definitely worth the visit. To plan that visit, be sure to look at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Website. Not only will it introduce you to the current exhibits, but also entice you to come participate in one of their paleontology field projects.
Purchasing our photographs
All of our scenic photographs are available as fine art prints. Use the contact form to the right to get more information. Or, go to our Fine Art Print page to learn about various pricing options.