Dinosaur National Monument Free to Campers This Winter

Dinosaur National Monument park officials announced this week that the Split Mountain campground in Utah will remain open through the winter, according to AP and other media reports.

Three additional campgrounds at the monument will also be open, but only the hardiest of hikers can reach them due to snowfall levels.

DNM spokesperson Carla Beasley warned that even the Split Mountain campground is particularly cold during the winter months due to its proximity to the chilly Green River. Cold air tends to settle at the river, which usually keeps the entire area at teeth-chattering temperatures.

Nevertheless, if you are an experienced camper, the news is good for dinosaur enthusiasts.

The National Park Service mentions, "Dinosaur fossils can only be seen on the Utah side of the park. The main exhibit wall of dinosaur fossils is closed due to significant life, health, and safety issues, but a temporary visitor center is open. Also, some fossils can be seen by hiking 3/4 mile from the temporary visitor center."

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