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Iron Springs Bench Overlook
  • Iron Springs Bench Overlook

    Iron Springs Bench Overlook, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    Dinosaur National Monument was new to all of us. This park had been added and removed from our itinerary multiple times during the course of planning this trip. It was a last minute re-route through [highly forgettable] Steamboat Springs that ended up bringing us right by the south side of the park.

  • The Dad and The Boy

    Iron Springs Bench Overlook, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    There are several distinct and separate areas in Dinosaur. The most famous is the one featuring the dinosaur quarry. We spent most of our time along Harpers Corner Drive, a less popular but far more scenic area of the park.

  • Laughing Boy

    Iron Springs Bench Overlook, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Anytime is a Good Time for Bop-It

    Anytime is a Good Time for Bop-It
    Harpers Corner, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Whirlpool Canyon

    Whirlpool Canyon
    Harpers Corner Trail, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    Harpers Corner Drive is a 30 mile spur off of State Highway 40 that dead ends at scenic Harpers Corner. Along the way there are a number of overlooks and trails which provide visitors the opportunity to get out of the car and explore the monument. Harpers Corner trail, at the very end of the road, was our favorite.

  • Whirlpool Canyon in Black & White

    Whirlpool Canyon in Black & White
    Harpers Corner Trail, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Confluence

    Confluence
    Harpers Corner Overlook, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    The trail ends at an overlook with an amazing 270 degree view of the monument. Half a mile below us are the Green and Yampa Rivers, which come together at Echo Park, our final destination of the day.

  • The Boy and The Mom

    Harpers Corner Overlook, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Steamboat Rock

    Steamboat Rock
    Echo Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    The last rays of sunlight were hitting the tip of Steamboat Rock as we arrived at Echo Park. The drive down to the river was beautiful – and a little nerve-wracking given the steep and narrow character of the “road”. I was most concerned that we would get ourselves caught up in one of the many gullies that cross it. It was close, but we made it across all of them without breaking anything off the back of the camper.

  • Lewis and Darla on a Trail Along the Green River

    Echo Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    Some fellow campers informed us that they had seen a couple bighorn sheep along the river so we set out in search of them. The Boy had been asking to see a bighorn sheep since the second day of our trip. Despite being in several areas that are known for them, we had yet to see one. We didn’t see one on this trail either.

  • Echo Park River View

    Echo Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Darla and Lewis by the Campfire

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    Although we couldn’t come up with a bighorn sheep for The Boy, we were able to satisfy one other request: a campfire. Ironically, it took us until our last night of camping to arrive at a place early enough to have time to build one.

  • Lewis With a Burnt Marshmallow

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Lewis Roasting a Marshmallow

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Lewis and Dad Roasting Marshmallows

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Lewis Next to a Giant Campfire

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Messy Marshmallow

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Darla and Lewis by Fire Light

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Dusk at the Echo Park Campground

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Lewis and Dad Roasting Marshmallows

    Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Steamboat Rock By Moonlight

    Steamboat Rock By Moonlight
    Echo Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    The setting of the sun did not mark the last chance to capture Echo Park under beautiful light. As it happened, the moon was out this evening and it lit up the canyon beautifully. I was out with my tripod while Darla and Lewis slept.

  • Green River Under the Stars

    Green River Under the Stars
    Echo Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Early Morning View From Harpers Corner Overlook

    Harpers Corner Overlook, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    I was anxious to get back up to Harpers Corner Road before things warmed up – and before there was any chance of meeting another vehicle along the road out of the canyon. We left our campsite before dawn and arrived at back at the top just as the sun was starting to rise. I decided to drive back to Harpers Corner so I could walk back out to the overlook.

    Although it was harder to see the color, it was much prettier here at this time of day. Just past the side lit peak in the right of the frame, I could see Steamboat Rock, still in the shadows.

  • Early Morning View from Harpers Corner Overlook

    Harpers Corner Overlook, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Tree Silhouette Framing a Canyon View

    Harpers Corner Trail, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

  • Echo Park Road

    Echo Park Road
    Harpers Corner Drive, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    This view, from Harpers Corner Drive, shows the smoothest, widest section of Echo Park Road. It is also – toward the left edge of the frame – the steepest section. My engine and transmission were both very hot by the time we made it to the top.

  • Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center

    Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center
    Cub Creek Road, Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado - August 2009

    We spent our final hours in Dinosaur near the now-closed Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center. Visitors are strictly forbidden from crossing the safety netting and peering through the windows. Naturally, we complied…

    The temporary visitor center is nothing to write home about – a few exhibits. It’s main attraction, for me at least, was that it provided some shade. It was hot in this area of the park.

    We took a little time to explore other sites along Cub Creek Road. Compared to yesterday’s drive, it was unimpressive. We decided to move on to the final stop on our itinerary, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.

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Iron Springs Bench Overlook