Di­nosaur Na­tional Mon­u­ment, UT/CO

Di­nosaur Na­tional Mon­u­ment, Utah/Colorado

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AT PRESS TIME, en­ergy com­pa­nies were vy­ing to claim sev­eral BLM leases that the agency had of­fered ad­ja­cent to Di­nosaur Na­tional Mon­u­ment. While the Colorado side of the park has a com­pre­hen­sive plan to sug­gest guide­lines on where such de­vel­op­ment can and can­not hap­pen, the Utah side doesn’t. That leaves roughly one-third of the park on the ropes. If de­vel­oped, the wells would be vis­i­ble from the Quarry Vis­i­tor Cen­ter (on the Utah side) and the 3.2-mile Sound of Si­lence Trail, which is so-named be­cause its in­ter­pre­tive pan­els en­cour­age vis­i­tors to use all their senses to sa­vor the re­gion’s lack of de­vel­op­ment. Hike these sandy washes and slick­rock knobs to make the state­ment that hik­ers want to hear desert winds, not pump jacks.

TRAILHEAD Sound of Si­lence (40.4372, -109.2760) SEA­SON March to Novem­ber PER­MIT None CON­TACT nps.gov/dino

Drilling, na­ture’s way: In Di­nosaur Na­tional Mon­u­ment, the Green River bored a net­work of chasms (like here, in the Echo Park area) over the past mil­len­nia.

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