There is much more to the Dinosaur National Monument in Southern Utah than the name. Most visitors just associate the name with the extinct creatures that once roamed the Southern Utah area, but there is more to the monument than the giant sized namesakes.
Take the Green River for instance, it twists and turns through sandstone canyons and petroglyphs, which are the remnants of the ancient Fremont people that dot the sandstone cliffs. There are even hiking trails and river rafting opportunities.
There is so much to see and do at the monument. You can still see evidence of dinosaurs all along the half mile Fossil Discover Trail. The trail features fossils and bones that are exposed in the face of the cliff. You can reach the entrance on the Southern Utah side of the park on state Route 149 by shuttle.
You can also access other trailheads by automobile. There is the Sound of Silence Trail that shows the monuments geologic diversity that passes through the desert badlands, steep slick rock and upturned rock layers. You can get more information about hiking around the monument at: www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/hikingtrails.htm.
You can enjoy the Green River from both Southern Utah and Colorado. Both locations are popular for whitewater rafting expeditions. The river is the best way to see the most remote parts of the monument. You can get more information about fees, permits and more at: www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/riverrafting.htm.
If you need something a little less adventurous, you take the auto tour routes from both Southern Utah and Colorado locations. The Southern Utah side calls it the Tour of the Tilted Rocks, a 13 mile trip with views of the Green River and geologic formations you will never forget. For more information about the auto tours, visit www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/scenic-drives.htm.