The Yampa River Canyon was declared a national monument by president Franklin D.
Roosevelt in 1938. Today we know this treasure as Dinosaur National Monument. Dinosaur National Monument consists of a medium-sized hill filled with all manner of fossils. This hill can be explored on your own. From Memorial Day until Labor Day there is also the availability of a guided tour with a dinosaur expert. The park also encourages young visitors to join its Junior Ranger and Junior Paleontology programs. While here, and if they are open, visit the Quarry Visitor Center and the Canyon Visitor Center.
While visiting this large park, you will find that there are a wide variety of things to do and see. Besides the events that have already been mentioned, the park also offers a multitude of hiking trails, biking trails, picnicking areas, and a host of campsites for visitors who want to stay the night or multiple nights. A wildly popular activity here is river rafting trips. In fact, it was here that Colorado’s booming river rafting industry got its start. This exciting destination is very easy to find.
Visitors should keep in mind that because of its massive popularity and presence in the park, someimes it can be difficult to book a river rafting trip. Just don’t leave until you’ve seen the Yampa River Canyon sunset; it's breathtaking and a memory you will never forget.