After five years of being closed, the Monument has re-opened the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall! Tourism suffered when it was closed but hopefully now we will experience a revival. The building, built on bentonite soil, shifted to the point where it was condemned because it was unsafe. Ken Salazar came out last week for the opening, but unfortunately, I missed his speech. Apparently it was a good one.
My daughter and I went out with some friends to visit the area. There were at least a thousand sandhill cranes down by the Green River.
See all those little dots? Makes me wish I had a bigger zoom lens!
I did manage to catch a pair of sandcranes flying by. They live for up to 23 years in the wild and mate for life.
The building and the site looks the same, but different. We were pleased to see the improvements didn't detract from our memories of the place.
Twelve different species are represented in the wall.
Here's a view of Split Mountain. The Green River "split" the mountain. It's a great float trip on a raft!
There's nothing quite like a beautiful fall day. Visit skies from around the world here.