Greater Dinosaur Region

The Greater Dinosaur Region in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming is cherished for its stunning landscapes. Known as a place where dinosaurs once roamed, this area still has abundant wildlife.

While some parts of the region like Dinosaur National Monument are already protected, many more areas are still at risk. The Wilderness Society is working to preserve some of the wildest parts of this unique landscape.

Why the Greater Dinosaur Region

The Greater Dinosaur Region is an area with a wealth of natural beauty. These wild landscapes – and the bones of the dinosaurs that the area is named for – are an economic driver for local communities.  Protecting the wild areas of the region is important for the people and the wildlife that live here.

Work we’re doing

We’re working with our partners to protect some of the wildest areas in the Greater Dinosaur region, including:

  • Red desert cliffs of Wyoming’s Adobe Town.
  • Multicolored badlands of Colorado’s Vermillion Basin.
  • Proposed wilderness lands surrounding Dinosaur National Monument in both Colorado and Utah.

Our partners

We couldn’t accomplish our conservation goals in the Greater Dinosaur Region alone. We partner with many local groups and some national groups and federal agencies to keep the Greater Dinosaur Region protected.
 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.