10 Exciting Nearby Activities That Will Create Unforgettable Family Memories

Looking to create unforgettable family memories without having to travel far? We’ve compiled a list of 10 exciting nearby activities that are guaranteed to bring joy and laughter to your family. From thrilling outdoor adventures to engaging cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Mesozoic Madness

Get ready for a March Madness like no other! Introducing the ultimate showdown: Dinosaur Bracket Challenge! From fierce T. rex to cunning Velociraptor, which dino will reign supreme in our Mesozoic Madness Bracket Challenge!

Discovering the Deep Past

ELIZABETH DEE SHAW STEWART MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY From dinosaurs and early mammals to ancient plants and invertebrates, our museum provides a comprehensive look at the incredible diversity of life that […]

Why Does Utah Have So Many Dinosaurs?

Utah, a state known for its breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders, also holds a remarkable distinction – it is home to an abundance of dinosaur fossils. Why does Utah have so many dinosaurs? The reason behind this abundance lies in Utah’s unique geological history, which has created the perfect conditions for fossil preservation.

Common Gemstones In Utah

Utah, a state known for its stunning landscapes and geological wonders, is also home to a rich variety of gemstones. These gemstones in Utah, formed over millions of years through natural processes, showcase the diverse beauty that lies beneath Utah’s surface. What are the most common gemstones in Utah? The Dinosaur Park has your in-depth guide to finding the best places in Utah to find these precious stones.

Exhibit Spotlight: Hesperornis regalis

What has teeth and couldn’t fly? Probably not a bird, unless it happened to be Hesperornis. This Late Cretaceous sea bird retained many features from its dinosaur heritage, and developed some crazy specialized features seen in no other bird lineage, yet among fossil birds its family remains the closest to anatomically modern birds currently known. Nearly 150 years of study and some excellent specimens have given scientists a great look at its anatomy, but it’s so weird in so many familiar ways that it remains a tantalizing mystery. Start your own investigation into this prehistoric oddity with the following sampler of Hesperornis factoids!

Exhibit Spotlight: Amargasaurus cazaui

An easy fan favorite among dinosaur enthusiasts, Amargasaurus adds some variety to the sauropod group with its odd neck spines. It’s more than just a spiny neck, though:

Exhibit Spotlight: Microraptor zhaoianus

Let’s scope out an indoors exhibit this time. Our Microraptor sculpture has been removed for refurbishing, but its nominal display poses it preparing to leap from the tree next to its North American cousin, distant in both relationship and geography, Hagryphus. Prepare yourself for the tiny awesomeness of Microraptor!