Dinosaur Monument gets funds for visitor center

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Salt Lake City (AP) - Dinosaur National Monument will get more than $13 million in federal stimulus funds to demolish and replace condemned portions of its Quarry Visitor Center.

The Center, which houses what many believe is the nation's premier quarry of Jurassic-period dinosaur bones, has been closed for more than two years because of safety problems. The Center was built atop unstable clay. Its closure in July 2006 frustrated paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts who were unable to access its 1,500 dinosaur bones.

The money for the project is among $750 million in stimulus projects for national parks announced Wednesday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Dinosaur National Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado line, about 150 miles east of Salt Lake City. The Visitor Center is about 20 miles east of Vernal.

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