Geoff Liesik, Deseret News
Hayden Bytendorp, 12, of South Jordan, touches a dinosaur fossil embedded in the quarry wall at Dinosaur National Monument on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT — The month of May brings wild flowers, migrating birds, extended hours and special programs to Dinosaur National Monument.

Extended hours begin on Friday, May 22. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the Quarry Visitor Center will be open 8 a.m to 6 p.m. daily.

The Quarry Exhibit Hall will be open 8 a.m. to 5:30 pm daily. Visitors may drive their own cars to the quarry from 8-9:15 a.m. each morning before the shuttle begins at 9:30 a.m. The last shuttle of the day departs the visitors center at 5 p.m. and the final shuttle of the day returns from the quarry at 5:30 p.m. The Canyon Visitor Center in Colorado will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning Friday, May 22.

The regular ranger-led program schedule resumes on Memorial Day weekend, and special Dinosaur Centennial programs in and around the monument this May highlight wildlife and dinosaur's living ecosystems.

Ranger-led Saturday Bird Walks begin at 8 a.m. at the Split Mountain Boat Ramp on May 23 and 30. Sunday Bird Walks begin at 8 a.m. at the Green River Campground Circle on May 24 and 31. Each program lasts about two hours, and visitors should bring binoculars and field guides.