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Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway

Dinosaur bone fossil

Those traveling along Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway will explore prehistoric fossils, cultural resources and related museums. Fruita is home to the Dinosaur Journey Museum, which displays a variety of fossil exhibits. Nearby, parts of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, namely Devils Canyon and Rabbit Valley, offer opportunities for visitors to view fossils along interpretive trails. Moving northward, the Byway passes through Canyon Pintado Historic District, where pictographs leave evidence of Native Americans who once inhabited the area. Continuing on, travelers will reach Rangely, which was once an Ute trading post and later a ranchers' territory. The Rangely Museum details the town's rich history. Finally, just north of the town of Dinosaur, Dinosaur National Monument displays almost every type of dinosaur fossil. Travelers of the Byway can continue into Utah to continue this incredible journey.

Total Length:  486 miles

Activities:
  • Byway
  • Camping
  • Fossil viewing
  • Heritage tourism
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • 4x4 and jeep touring
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Colorado National Monument
    (Grand Junction)
  • Dinosaur Journey Museum (Fruita)
  • Rangely Museum (Rangely)
  • Dinosaur National Monument
    (north of Dinosaur)
  • Available in Grand Junction, Fruita, Rangely and Dinosaur: lodging, restaurants and shops

Directions:  Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway runs through both Colorado and Utah.

To follow the portion of Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway that runs through Colorado, travel west on I-70 out of Grand Junction. Continue into Utah, or turn right onto Highway 139. Continue on Highway 139 to Rangely, and then turn left onto Highway 64. Turn left onto US-40 and continue into Utah.