National Geographic : 1961 Jul
HS EKTACHROME(ABOVE) AND KODACHROMEBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERDEANCONGER Exposing fossils of prehistoric animals, a workman at Dinosaur National Monument chips away with hammer and chisel on a rock face that forms one wall of Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center. Spectators watch the excavation of a 140-million-year-old bur ial ground. National Park Service maintains the monument in Utah and Colorado. Steamboat Rock juts 700 feet skyward within a loop of the Green River. Relentless action by the stream carved this parapet in Dinosaur National Monument. Yampa River joins the Green at right; Echo Park lies below the confluence. the children when a couple of deer sprang from an aspen glen, spooked the horses, and sent them galloping madly down the trail to the Elk River. Steamboat Springs is a place for youth. Gifted youngsters come from all parts of the country to the Perry-Mansfield Camps and School of the Theater (page 41). Others ab sorb the outdoor life at near-by Whiteman Gaylord and Columbine Boys Ranches. Local kids learn skiing in elementary school, if not before, and have a band on skis. They are proud of the town's eight Olympic performers. Graham ski jump, visible from any place in Steamboat Springs, was the scene of America's record jump-316 feet. Springs and irrigation canals became scar cer each mile we drove across the furnacelike plateaus. With no crops or cattle to speak of, people in the little roadside places west of Craig talked uranium, gasoline-producing Gilsonite, and other bonanza deposits. Flood Plain Trapped Dinosaurs "There! Is that the elephant?" Will joked after crossing into Utah. He pointed out a concrete dinosaur rearing beside a filling station, reminding us that Dinosaur National Monument was near. In Vernal, an irrigated oasis, Will and I met John Good, naturalist at National Park Service headquarters, and went tearing across the desert in his pickup to the monu ment's scenic canyons. In Echo Park we pic nicked in a cottonwood grove across the Green River from Steamboat Rock (opposite). 49 N.G.S.