Fans of Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” might consider a road trip this summer to Sweetwater County, Wyoming! Here your family can retrace the imaginary footsteps of Apatosaurus Arlo, the star of the new animated movie, which hit theaters Thanksgiving week 2015.
Sweetwater County, Wyoming: Retrace Footsteps of The Good Dinosaur
Road trip and dinosaurs? Why, yes you can at Sweetwater County, Wyoming!
Pack up the family and make it a family vacation to Sweetwater County. Located in Southwest Wyoming, this region inspired the scenery for the new animated film, Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.”
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Say Hello to 145 million Year Old Dinosaurs
- Start the road trip in Thermopolis, home of the Wyoming Dinosaur Museum. Here, dinosaurs that inhabited the area between 65-145 million years ago are on display.
- Hop back in the car and set the GPS to Riverton, just 55 miles south. Lunch at Perrett’s for a calzone fit for the hungriest T-Rex. The Stegosaurus of the group will be satisfied by a meatless pasta dish.
- Head south on Highway 28 toward Farson for a pit stop to pick up a BIG CONE at the Farson Mercantile.
- Enjoy the giant treat on the way to Rock Springs, just 40 miles down the road. Rock Springs is home to one of only 11 T-Rex skeletons (cast or real) on display in the world! Visit Western Wyoming Community College to check out the five life-sized dinosaur replicas. Spend the night in Rock Springs in one of the town’s 40-plus hotels. Check out Coyote Creek Restaurant for dinner, and enjoy the sweeping landscapes of the Red Desert area.
Flaming Gorge, Where Dinosaurs Roamed
- On day two, road trip warriors are off to Vernal, Utah, via Highway 191, along the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway on the way to Dinosaur National Monument. The Flaming Gorge is famous for stunning vistas and wildlife through the ages, including modern-day elk, deer and wild horse herds.
- In Vernal, visit Dinosaur National Monument, the only place in the world that provides an interactive experience with more than 1,500 dino bones and fossils.
- Head north toward Flaming Gorge, stopping for a relaxing lunch on the patio at Red Canyon Lodge. Afterward, venture toward Kemmerer, Wyoming, along Highway 44 to check out the vast landscapes and imagine the dinosaurs who roamed this land long before humans.
- The final stop of the day is Fossil Butte National Monument. The fossil records preserved within the Eocene Green River Formation of Fossil Basin is world-renowned. Over 100 years of intensive collecting has revealed a wide diversity of fossil fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects and plants.
- Head back to Green River and stop at the Hitching Post for dinner before settling in for a much-deserved night’s rest at one of Green River’s many lodging properties that offer sweeping views of the rock formations surrounding the town.