Utah Field House of Natural History Museum

We had debated about running down to Mesa Verde on the way home, but since the kids love dinosaurs and we haven’t studied much about Mesa Verde (yet), we thought they would enjoy the dinosaur places first.

This was our first stop of the day in Vernal at the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum. The first spot we visited was the hands-on children’s area.
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HorseyGirl is almost as fascinated with dinosaurs as she is horses. When she was little, her favorite movie was Walking With Dinosaurs, a Discovery Channel documentary.

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We walked around to view the fossils and exhibits.

Utah Field House of Natural History Museum 3Then we entered a little hallway type room that had one wall covered with fossils gathered from digs around Vernal. This was an amazing spot and I almost could envision this as an actual decorating idea for a wall in a certain type of place.

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This is one of the fossils up close. Below is a picture of the dinosaur in the lobby. If you look close you can see the whole thing from head to tip of tail. He is HUGE, although this shot cuts off half his length!

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Then you can walk up a ramp to see another exhibit of exquisite Native American art – both the rock art variety and some of the various tribes handiwork – beaded moccasins, etc.

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There is a door that leads to an outdoor area with more dinosaurs.
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It wasn’t until I got home and re-visited our trip that I realized that the girls looked like prey.  🙂

We had a great time here and decided to head to the National Dinosaur Monument….but that is another post.  😉

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