The weekend before Memorial day the family and I packed up the ol XK and headed to Vernal Utah. Nearby is Dinosaur National Monument which lies partially in north eastern Utah with the majority of the park being in north western Colorado. We didnt feel like dragging the popup out so we rented a cabin in Vernal for a few days. My wife's sister, her husband and son were able to come also.
The first day we set out to a very chilly 37° morning to tour the Colorado side of the monument and explore the Yampa Bench Road which is advised to high clearance vehicles only, why I'm not sure but heres what we saw.(the pics are kinda rough, really overcast day)
The beginning was upon that ridge, several swich backs and about 1500 ft of elv. drop later we ended up here, down in the river basin.
According to the ranger these are some of the oldest rocks in North America the Dino bones found here are much older than when Trex roamed.
First stop was the old Chew Ranch where i spotted this on an old wagon, must be where the term "brake shoe" came from?
Next were the Pool Creek Petroglyphs, Faintly in center of photo. These were about 30ft from the ground.
Looking straight up outside the cave
Looking back from Echo Park
Castle Park Overlook
Harding Hole and The Yampa River