We spent a week at Lucerne campground in the high desert of Flaming Gorge Nat Rec Area on the border of southern Wyoming and northern Utah. The campground was nearly deserted during the week , we shared it only with the numerous pronghorn antelope and the ubiquitous prairie dog which seem to be everywhere we go.
One day we made a day trip south through Vernal, Utah one of the prettiest little towns we’ve seen, with hundreds of hanging flower pots and large planters full of colorful flowers throughout the town. We were headed to Dinosaur Nat Monument, having been told that it was worth visiting.
The Quarry Exhibit Hall was amazing due to the enormous quantity of dinosaur bones that have been partially excavated but left in place in what was once a river bed and is now tilted at about a 90 degree angle. It is theorized that the dinosaurs in the area died during a drought and then their carcasses caught swept up during a flash flood and swept downstream. Only large bones remain, all the smaller bones have been swept away. The site was discovered in 1909 and the remarkable decision was made to leave the bones in situ for educational purposes.
Also located in the cliffs of Dinosaur NM are numerous 1000 year old petroglyphs from the Fremont people. We’ve searched for petroglyphs like this before and it’s always fun and quite a challenge, they’re elusive, usually quite high up on the cliffs and only on a particular type of rock. We didn’t time it right this time though, it was literally 100 F outside and we were scrambling up the hills to try to get close to them (but it’s a dry heat) LOL. Here’s a few photos of the many we saw.
At the end of the road was the old homestead and cabin of Josie Morris, who built the cabin herself, had livestock and was completely self-sufficient, living alone here for 50 years.