Looking at the map above, I would be driving along US 40 heading west, so the Canyon Visitor Center entrance (highlighted in yellow) for Dinosaur National Monument would come first. And that’s where I went, but it was not the cooler option, which would be at the Quarry Visitor Center (highlighted in green) further west. Of course, I did not do any homework on this — I just saw the park on the map and decided it would be a good waypoint along the journey, and maybe I’d take a detour into it, or maybe I wouldn’t, and that’s as far as my planning got.
By the time I entered the area, it was early evening, and the place was practically deserted, which was good. Even though I did not get to see any dinosaur fossils, I was treated to grand vistas and quiet nature. The yellow-highlighted portion of the map covers how deep into the park I got, but I did go a bit further, hoping to find a spot with dino bones, but I had no map and my phone had no service, and it wouldn’t be long before it would get dark, so I decided to turn around and head out, satisfied that I at least made an attempt and got a few decent pics.