Dinosaur National Monument: Camping on the Green River
This gorgeous, remote upper stretch of the Green River through high desert and massive fossil beds straddles the border between northwest Colorado and northeast Utah. The National Monument has six campgrounds total, three in each state, but the one best situated for a family who wants to see the famous quarry, is Green River Campground, on the Utah side, four miles beyond the Visitors Center where you can catch a shuttle to the Quarry Exhibit Hall, built around the famous Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry. Green River campground is a basic, pleasant campground with two loops. A handful of sites have their own river access, a few have shade from cottonwood trees, but some sites have little to no shade.
There are 72 sites total for tents and RVs up to 35 feet. The fee is $12 per night. There are no hookups. The sites have picnic tables, fire rings, and grills; there are flush toilets, drinking water, trash disposal, and recycling provided. Reservations are accepted for sites in Loop B, at 877/444-6777 or recreation.gov. The rest of the site are first-come, first-served. Open early April through early-October. We arrived mid-week and had no trouble finding a riverside site. You can see our tent and shade structure in the photo above (PHOTO CREDIT: Joshua Berman).