After visiting all the National Parks in Utah, we took a detour into Colorado. We left Arches National Park and took the scenic route along highway 128 to go toward Grand Junction. We stopped in Fruita to visit their Dinosaur Journey museum. The kids were really into Jurassic Park, and Jurassic World, movies, so this was a fun stop. They liked that things were so hands-on. In the photo below, my oldest is waiting to get spit on by the dinosaur in front of her (another kid had pushed the button to get it started, they thought it was all hilarious).
After we left the dinosaurs there, we visited a cemetery in the small town of Paonia, to see the graves of my great-grandparents and one great uncle. Then it was off to the rest of the trip again.
We took highway 139 north toward Dinosaur, Colorado. This area is known for it’s fossils, and the road we took is part of the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway. We drove straight up to Dinosaur National Monument, where we camped overnight.
First thing in the morning, we went to the visitor center, and took the bus up to the Quarry Exhibit Hall. The kids loved that it was real dinosaur bones in the wall, and that they could touch them! It wasn’t very crowded, so we had lots of time and space to read the information, play with the computers, and touch the bones.
From the dinosaurs, we headed to central Utah, to do more family history visiting. Some of my ancestors were coal miners near Price, Utah. One was killed in the mines, and his name is included on the new Coal Miners Memorial. I wanted to see it, and the area where mt grandfather was born (which is just a ghost town-like area with a couple partial ruins these days). After seeing the mine areas we headed out to visit family near Provo.
My husband is Indian, so we had to visit the Radha-Krishna temple in Spanish Fork. It was beautiful. It was a rainy day, in the middle of the week, and we were the only visitors. I particularly loved the peacock ironwork on the doors. It is such a cool place to visit.
After visiting with family for a couple days, and getting a half-day all to myself at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, we headed out. But not before first visiting the Bonneville Salt Flats. It doesn’t seem like much when you are driving up to it. Just a big flat area of nothing between small towns. But once you get out to it, it’s pretty neat. Some of my kids even took their shoes off and got a free foot scrub from the salt.