The small city of Vernal, Utah is in the far northeastern corner of the state. It is a short distance from two impressive, albeit very different, landmarks.
First is Dinosaur National Monument. While the entire park contains archaeological sites, as well as impressive canyons and rivers, it’s fame is due to the ‘Quarry’, an excavated wall with over 1500 dinosaur bones dating from 149 million years ago.
While some complete dinosaurs were removed and shipped to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the wall retains the ‘scraps’
This important wall is preserved in an enclosed space.
While most are fragments, washed upon a long ago sea, one is nearly whole.
The remainder are scattered about.
Just north of town, at the Wyoming border, is Flaming Gorge. This reservoir is a result of the damming of the Green River at the Flaming Gorge Dam, towering 500′ high.
The resulting reservoir is immense, covering 3.8 million acre feet of water.
The Flaming Gorge comes from it’s location (among others) in Red Canyon, with it’s vertical walls accenting the water.