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Dinosaur Diamond

Length: 486 miles. Driving time: 2 - 3 days.

Dinosaur Diamond CODinosaur Diamond MapSome of the world's most significant dinosaur fossil quarries and museums are clustered along this route, in the midst of a forbidding but stunningly beautiful landscape. The earth, fractured and stained, coughs up a rare collection of treasures. Ancient stone rises to the surface after eons underground; skeletons buried 100 million years ago now bleach in the desert sun. The byway traverses high mountains and barren plateaus, with stops at two national parks, two national monuments, and two great rivers of the West(the Colorado and Green). This dramatic maze of rocks and bones defies the imagination.

Dinosaur Diamond was designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway in 2002.  It is one of eleven America's Byways® designated in Colorado.

Dinosaur National Monument
Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur Journey Museum 
Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway, Utah
James M. Robb Colorado River State Park
Highline Lake State Park
McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
Dinosaur Diamond Colorado/Utah Prehistoric Byway

Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
Grand Junction

Byways Corridor Management Plan
Dinosaur Diamond National Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan
Dinosaur Diamond National Designation

Special Considerations:
Limited services on some stretches.

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Contact Information

Dinosaur Journey Museum
550 Jurassic Court
Fruita  CO 81521
Dinosaur Diamond Colorado/Utah Prehistoric Byway

Contact Information


Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
4201 E Arkansas Ave, Shumate Bldg
Denver CO 80222-3406

Colorado Tourism Office
Call 1-800-COLORADO (800-265-6723)

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