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. What you will find however, are breathtaking canyons and unbelievable vistas rivaled only by the great, Grand Canyon in Arizona. Locally known as “The Little Grand Canyon” The Dinosaur National Monument is truly something you must see to believe. There are numerous hiking trails, rafting adventures, petroglyph's and of course the confluence of the Green and Yampa rivers. A short leisurely two-mile hike will lead you to unexpected grandeur as you gaze down upon the confluence at Steamboat Rock located at the bottom of Echo Park.
The National Monument is only one of the abundant adventures you will find here. Dinosaur is situated in the incredible trophy hunting area, GMU #10 and is the winter home to the largest elk population in the world! If you don’t have a hunting license- or even if you do- be sure to bring your camera! Opportunities to photograph these astounding animals in their natural habitat are plentiful, especially at dusk and dawn! Photographers will especially enjoy the drive on highway 64, along the Dinosaur Diamond scenic byway, where you may see deer, elk or a stunning herd of wild horses that call Dinosaur home.