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Dinosaur National Monument hours, services change for fall

Published: Monday, Sept. 23 2013 2:35 p.m. MDT

Hayden Bytendorp of South Jordan touches a dinosaur fossil embedded in the quarry wall at Dinosaur National Monument. (Geoff Liesik, Deseret News) Hayden Bytendorp of South Jordan touches a dinosaur fossil embedded in the quarry wall at Dinosaur National Monument. (Geoff Liesik, Deseret News)

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT — Dinosaur National Monument has announced changes in hours beginning this week as fall has arrived.

The Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Also, staff will continue to offer daily ranger-guided hikes on the Fossil Discovery Trail at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Sunday.

Junior Ranger programs will be offered at the Quarry Exhibit Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September.

On the Colorado side of the monument, the Canyon Visitor Center will close for the season on Monday, Sept. 30.

Campgrounds will also begin closing for the season or going into winter operations. Water service at the Echo Park Campground will be turned off Oct. 1. Campers may still use the campground but must bring their own water. When water is not available, camping fees will not be charged.

The Green River Campground, located near the Quarry Visitor Center, will close for the season at noon Oct. 6.

Water will be turned off at the Split Mountain Group Campground on Oct. 7, and starting that day, the campground will be open to all campers on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Gates of Lodore Campground on the monument's north end will continue to have water available until the end of October.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/dino.

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