Dinosaur National Monument this month continues to celebrate its 100th birthday with river- and recreation-themed events, including ranger-led hikes to spots named by famed river explorer John Wesley Powell. boaters float past these landmarks often, but the hikes will offer visitors on foot a chance to personally experience some of the places named in Powell's journals. Contact either visitor center or check the website for information about trail lengths, difficulty and meeting locations.
The schedule includes treks to Echo Park on June 17, Harpers Corner on June 21, Ruple Point on June 24, and Split Mountain on June 28. Contact either visitor center or check the website for information about trail lengths, difficulty and meeting locations.
Bring the kids for the Happy Camper Junior Ranger challenge to learn more about the Leave No Trace ethic that helps preserve parks in good condition. Children of all ages are welcome to visit the Green River Campfire Circle from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Mondays June 15, 22 and 29 for an interactive program. Limited edition Wilderness Junior Ranger patches are available while supplies last.
Dinosaur Centennial community partner events in June include Red Fleet Paddle Fest on June 19 and 20 at Red Fleet State Park. Stop by the Dinosaur information booth for a free magnet featuring the Dinosaur Centennial logo.
Rounding out Rivers & Recreation month is Documentary Night at the Uintah County Library in Vernal, UT featuring a retrospective of Warm Springs Rapid at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 23. Through a series of short films and first-hand recollections, discover how this now infamous rapid on the Yampa River formed 50 years ago this month. Presenters include Peter Williams from Dinosaur National Monument, Roy Webb from the University of Utah Marriott Library, and Cody Perry from Rig to Flip, Catch the Drift, and Friends of the Yampa. For more information, call (435) 781-7700 or follow DinosaurNPS on social media to learn more about visiting Dinosaur National Monument and joining the Dinosaur Centennial celebrations.