Jensen Welcome Center
US-40 near Vernal in northeastern Utah
The Jensen Welcome Center is a pull-off rest area for motorists, serving US-40 westbound travelers coming into Utah from Colorado and Wyoming. Restroom facilities, pay phones, and vending machines are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The large grounds surrounding the center have shaded picnic areas.
Inside the welcome center is a staffed visitor information area, open 7 days of week. Hours of operation vary with the seasons, but it is generally open during daylight hours.
Tourism specialists are on hand to help you plan your trip, give directions, and offer suggestions for activities during your stay. They have information on seasonal events such as rodeos, festivals, and resort snow conditions. Brochures, guides, and maps describe attractions in all parts of Utah. Up-to-the-minute data is available on road closures, weather forecasts, and other traffic-related issues.
The welcome center is located in the small town of Jensen, a few miles from the full-service city of Vernal. The area is a recreation paradise, with thousands of acres of open country perfect for biking, hiking, and exploration. The Green River is popular with white-water rafters and there are several excellent guide services that begin their water adventures here. Perhaps the area is best known for Dinosaur National Monument, home of the largest quarry of Jurassic period dinosaur bones ever discovered. A year-round visitor center built over the quarry protects 2,000-plus dinosaur bones left exposed in the sandstone wall. More information about the Vernal Area is available online at www.dinoland.com or call the Dinosaurland Visitor Center at 435-789-6932.