Raptors, Roughnecks & Rapids: A Grandchild Dinosaur Experience
Experience a titanosaurus-size adventure at Dinosaur National Monument, where you’ll explore archaeological sites, discover ancient rock art and dig for fossils with your grandchild!
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Program No. 21950RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Journey to Utah with your grandchild and go back in time tens of millions of years on this action-packed dinosaur adventure. Lose yourself in the prehistoric world and become a paleontologist as park rangers, scientists and other experts join you at museums and archaeological sites filled with dinosaur bones and the remnants of ancient civilizations. Watch your grandchild becomes a Junior Ranger at Dinosaur National Monument, dig for fossils together and share an overnight in a dinosaur museum. Take home a range of other Utah memories to cherish forever, from carvings made in canyon walls by people who lived 1,000 years ago to a ranch owned by one of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch to whitewater rafting down the famous Split Mountain Gorge on the Green River.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile over rough terrain and rafting Class III (intermediate) rapids. Standing in museums. Elevations of 4,500-7,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Marvel at 17 full-size replicas of prehistoric animals at the Utah Field House of Natural History and see billions of years worth of dinosaur fossils exposed in Dinosaur National Monument’s Wall of Bones.
  • Picture life as a Native American 1,000 years ago as you examine petroglyphs and pictographs in Red Canyon and ride the whitewater in a raft between the 1,500-foot rock walls of Flaming Gorge.
  • Descend hundreds of feet inside Flaming Gorge Dam, step onto the ranch of outlaw Josie Basset, sleep under the belly of a dinosaur in a museum boasting the largest display of dinosaurs in the world and so much more!

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-11.
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Gary E. Nielsen
Gary has been developing and leading Road Scholar Programs since 1985. He has taught courses in Leadership Development, Recreation Management, Travel and Business Management at Colgate University, Colorado Mountain College and Utah Valley University. For many of years, Gary has worked with Road Scholar full-time where he develops and leads over 35 weeks of Road Scholar Program per year. He loves all outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, Rock Hounding and riding ATVs.
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