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Dinosaur Diamond is named for the rough diamond shape of this remarkable area, stretching from Eastern Utah into Western Colorado. The Byway offers opportunities for the public to visit archeological and fossil sites in their natural settings.

  • about four hours
  • 164 miles (263 km)

Completed in 1976 and dubbed the "Bicentennial Highway," this road is the gateway to Natural Bridges National Monument, where erosion has created the world's largest display of natural bridges, formed out of 225 million-year-old Cedar Mesa sandstone.

  • Paved
  • 1 hour
  • 44 miles oneway

The Colorado Scenic Byway (Hwy 128) begins at Hwy 191 just north of Moab on the eastern edge of the Colorado River. It follows the river northeast for roughly 30 miles. Along the way are fantastic views of the swift moving Colorado as it carves its way through tall red rock cliffs.

  • 30 minutes minimum, but 2-3 hours recommended to enjoy the state and national parks.
  • 35 miles (56 km)

An intriguing name for an intriguing place: Dead Horse Point is so named because in the mid-1800s, cowboys installed wild mustangs here, on the natural corral, a small plateau 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. Unwanted culls or "broomtails" were left behind on the plateau to find their way off th...

  • 10 hours to drive or 10 days to enjoy the Byway
  • 480 miles (772 km)

The Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway delivers discovery and exploration at several sites filled with science and history. The two-state Byway combines opportunities to see dinosaur bones being excavated and prepared by paleontologists for museum display. Visit the museums along the Byway that showcase reconstructed skeletons and fleshed-out recreations of dinosaurs found in the area.

  • 1 hour
  • 17 miles (27 km)

The Moab area is known for its abundance of Indian rock art. This byway features several petroglyph panels, with many individual carvings depicting symbolic animals and anthropomorphs. Other ancient traces include a roadside display of dinosaur tracks and a number of delicate, naturally formed stone...

  • One hour
  • 44 miles (70 km)

Cutting through the red rock gorge of the Colorado River, this route offers a panoramic view of the LaSal Mountains, whose snow-capped peaks rise in vivid contrast to the red rock sandstone typical of this canyon country.

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