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We now sell OHV and boat registrations.  Inquire at the Marshal's Office

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Town of Dinosaur to encourage tourism, to foster economic development, to promote a sense of community and to provide to its citizens with not only the necessary basic services, but also to provide amenities and services which enhance public safety and a higher quality of life.

About The Town of Dinosaur

In the farthest Northwest corner of Colorado, sitting quietly beneath the looming Blue Mountain Range, amid golden fields, cattle ranches and sweeping vistas, you will find tiny Dinosaur, Colorado, home to only 339 residents. Here, one can close their eyes and easily imagine the prehistoric titans of long ago roaming the largely unchanged landscape, beneath a uniquely western sky.  The peacefulness of our historic, old west town will fill your soul with longing for the past, respect for the present and an appetite for adventure!  Originally established Dec 9th, 1947, as the Town of Artesia, Dinosaur, changed its name in 1966 to capitalize on the ever-increasing popularity of the Dinosaur National Monument, conveniently located just two miles east of the Town of Dinosaur. It’s true, dinosaurs once roamed here, but make no bones about it…. there are NO Dinosaur bones located on the Colorado side of the Monument. Continue Reading

Why Dinosaur ?

We love our corner of the state, and we think you will too. We knew it would help if you had one more reason to stick around and experience our unique community nestled in the tracks of the dinosaurs. We neighbor the beautiful canyon lands of the Dinosaur National Monument in our big back yard.

Can you imagine the way the setting of the sun felt on the faces of the tired cowboys as they crossed the high desert those many years ago? The coolness of the evening breeze whipping down the deeply cut veins of the cliff face. A welcome sight of Blue Mountain rising up over the horizon as they fell into a steady gallop and disappeared into the shadows of the rugged terrain. The same landscape that was home to the ancient giants whose only trace left are their bones buried deep in its jagged places; this was an environment that was unforgiving and feral. A place that revealed its beauty in its vast splendor and grand rivers but always seemed to come with a high cost. This is the little sliver of our past hidden away from the fast and relentless burdens of the modern world and the place we escape to when on the run with the precious and rare metals of our time. Golden grains of sand stolen away from the demanding hourglass of our lives.

I'd like to think in these breathtakingly beautiful moments that we are not that far off from the sacred memories our ancestors shared. This may be a different sunset in a completely different world, but in those quieter moments of awe you can almost imagine the way the sun felt to those hell-bent Outlaws. The way the familiar sight of Blue Mountain, Split Rock, Plug Hat, the Gates of Ladore and The Park (Browns Park) felt when they were within reach. The way the narrow canyon lands welcomed home Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch, the Sundance Kid, the Bassett Gang, the Queen of Cattle Rustling and ole Bootlegging Josie herself. Legendary characters on the range but ultimately known for their generous nature to the underdog and fierce loyalty to their friends. Come visit this place that I can only imagine has borne witness to so many stories and campfire tales that it begs for an audience again. Emma Baker - Dinosaur, CO 2022

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We are open Monday - Friday

9-12 and 1-5 excluding holidays.

   
New Year's Day - December 31 Labor Day - September 5
President's Day - February 21 Veteran's Day - November 11
Memorial Day - May 30 Thanksgiving - November 24 & 25
Independence Day - July 4 Christmas - December 23 & 26

UTILITY PAYMENTS CAN BE DROPPED OFF IN THE DROP-BOX

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Dinosaur National Monument Entrance Sign

DNM

Dinosaurs once roamed here. Their fantastic remains are still visible embedded in the rocks.

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Plug Hat Picnic Area

Plug Hat

Perched atop an outcropping of Entrada sandstone, the Plug Hat Butte Picnic Area offers a perfect getaway from the busier side of the park.

Harpers Corner Picnic Table with a view
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Harpers Corner

Take the time to relax and picnic at one of numerous overlooks.

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Canyon Overlook

CANYON Overlook

Harper's Corner Road in Dinosaur National Monument goes through landscapes with never ending views.

 


Map of Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway - Colorado Leg

DINOSAUR DIAMOND SCENIC BYWAY

PINTADO (PAINTED) CANYON

SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST SIGNIFICANT DINOSAUR FOSSIL QUARRIES AND MUSEUMS ARE CLUSTERED ALONG THE DINOSAUR DIAMOND, IN THE MIDST OF A FORBIDDING BUT STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE....

DON'T MISS A 1000-YEAR-OLD KOKOPELLI PICTOGRAPH AT MM 55.5 ON HWY 139 

PULL OVER AT THE KOKOPELLI SIGN TO VIEW !

Kokopelli Pictograph in Pintado Canyon

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Images compliments of www.ColoradoDirectory.com and https://www.gjhikes.com

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Current Minutes and Agendas

November 9, 2022
REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 25, 2022
November 9, 2022
REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 11, 2022