Thursday, July 13, 2006

Changes at Dinosaur

One of the most unusual visitor centers in the state has been closed indefinitely.

The Dinosaur National Monument Visitor Center that encloses an active fossil quarry has been deemed unsafe. The center, that surrounds a cliff embedded with dinosaurs, has been repaired repeatedly since it was built on clay in 1957. The center was a big draw for the national monument, offering a place where visitors could watch paleontologists work.

Local officials are worried the closure will affect tourism in the area. The massive park offers hiking, rafting and camping, but the center is its biggest draw.

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