Sweetwater County, Wyo., Invites Visitors to
Retrace Footsteps of Disney*Pixar’s “The Good
Dinosaur” Nov 23, 2015

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism today released a travel itinerary that enables visitors to Southwest Wyoming to visit some of the same places that Apatosaurus Arlo, the star of the new Disney*Pixar animated movie, explores in the film The Good Dinosaur, which hits theaters Thanksgiving week. 

The film explores a concept in which dinosaurs never became extinct, sharing the story of Arlo and his unlikely friendship with a human boy, Spot. Together, they embark on an epic adventure that forces Arlo to face his fears, learning a lot about himself along the way. 

Filmmakers chose to use Wyoming as inspiration for the scenery in the movie that showcases the larger-than-life landscapes and paleontological activities that are present throughout the state. For those who want to experience the setting first-hand, here’s a two day DINOmite Loop itinerary from Sweetwater County in the southwest portion of the state. 

Day 1 (195 miles)

Start the trip in Thermopolis, Wyo., home of the Wyoming Dinosaur Museum. Here, dinosaurs that inhabited the area between 65-145 million years ago are on display. Afterward, set the GPS to Riverton, Wyo., 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. 

 Day 2 (224 miles) 

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, Wyo., 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. 

To learn more about planning a DINOmite Loop (or any other kind of trip!) to Sweetwater County visit www.tourwyoming.com


About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)

Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.


Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com

Jenissa Meredith, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism

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