Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dinosaurland



Vernal's nickname is Dinosaurland. About 20 miles outside of town to the east towards the Colorado border is the Dinosaur National Monument. For more official information and pictures you can check the site here. There is a dinosaur fossil excavation area that was of great interest to tourists until the building started to collapse and the site had to be closed. There wasn't any funding available for renovation (so "they" said even though the deterioration was obvious for years.) Those of us who support tourism over gas and oil exploration in the area were very disappointed.




Anyway, this is the Utah Field House in Vernal which is full of dinosaur replicas and other interesting displays.





Outside the museum, someone with a great sense of humor and creativity enjoys decorating this dinosaur for each holiday season. Happy Easter soon!


24 comments:

Tranquility said...

What a fun place this sounds like!! I love the Easter dinosaur! ;)

Louise said...

The "Easter Dinosaur" makes me smile. He probably brings some really big eggs!

Janie said...

Such a shame about the field house being closed, perhaps permanently. It's such a unique site.
I love those dinosaur decorations.

ewok1993 said...

LOL on the third picture. Nice place to visit and take the kids.

Sylvia K said...

That does sound and look like a great place to visit. Love the Easter Dinosaur! Great photos and post! Thanks for sharing your world!

Tess said...

That is sad about the closing. :( I think my favorite part of the easter decorating is the baby dinosaur in the basket. How cute.

SandyCarlson said...

Somebody has a good sense of humor!

The Good Life in Virginia said...

as a child on vacation with my parents we would go through vernal and dinosaur land ... of course as a child we so enjoyed.

great post and love the pics!

erin

imac said...

Great idea and post.

Jeannelle said...

The excavation area sounds interesting.....hopefully it can be reopened someday. Happy travels!

kayleen said...

I bet kids love the place. Thanks for sharing.

Guy D said...

Haha great shots of the Dinos!!

Have a great week!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Lilli & Nevada said...

That is a neat place and one i would like to see.

Babooshka said...

Great places for adults never mind kids. I'd happily spend a day here.

Suzanne Casamento said...

Hilarious! It's the Easter Dinosaur! : )

Pam said...

I didn't know they had dinosaurs in in your part of the country. Great post, thanks for the chuckle:) Pam

Swarna said...

Hope things turn out better for tourism to prosper... good luck!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

This sounds and looks like a really fun place to visit.

Mariz said...

Funny looking Easter Dinosaur you've got there, LOL! Seems like an interesting and enjoyable place to visit.

Esther said...

Lol! The dinosaur looked cute as an Easter bunny!

W. Latane Barton said...

I've never been to Dinosaurland but I had a great grandson who visited it and loved every minute.

Lisa Wilson said...

That is only about 3 hours or so from us. I really need to go there sometime!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Sounds like a fun place, and one with a great sense of humor: I'm assuming they dress the T-Rex up for all the holidays! (Does he drink "green" beer?)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Loran, I'll bet KIDS would love to visit your area --since kids love dinosaurs so much. What neat pictures!!!!

We just returned from a week in Arkansas. It was fun despite the ICE Storm. Gads! What's up with that???? ha

Hope you had and have a great week.
Hugs,
Betsy