Originally Posted by skwashua
Are there any good public trails in that area you could recommend? I'm thinking the kids would have fun doing the Dinosaur thing, but wouldn't mind taking a couple detour's.
Yes, there are.
There is the Dinosaur Trackway, up at Red Fleet. Red Fleet Dinosaur Trackway, part 1 Red Fleet Dinosaur Trackway, part 2
It is accessible from the Donkey Flats trail, just past the Redfleet turnoff.
There's the Josie Basset cabin Josie Bassett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
up just past the Dinosaur Quarry. There are two trails that are easy, even in the heat of the day. http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisi...ator%20map.pdf
They may start off with hot temps, but once you get into the slot canyons, the temps seem to cool down by 5-10 degrees.
On the way up to the Josie Basset cabin, there are a few trails than can be hiked in 1-4 hours, depending on how much time you take to look and take pictures, or explore the many detours. One of my favorites is the Sounds of Silence trail. Dinosaur National Monument - Sound of Silence Trail (U.S. National Park Service)
It is a moderate to difficult trail, depending on your capability.
Another trail that I like is the Green River trail. Dinosaur National Monument - River Trail (U.S. National Park Service)
It has a higher difficulty rating.
Just this year, I finally took some time and took my family to a place called Fantasy Canyon. Fantasy Canyon - Vernal Utah
It is a canyon formed by erosion that made many hundreds of formations unique to the west.
Along with that last link, you will also see at the top left corner a link to Places to see in Utah. You can browse around in there and find sites of interest. If you were to start on these trips, you can start out with a trip a week and never find enough time to explore all of them in our lifetime.
Not to forget, there is the Utah Field House of Natural History. Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum | Utah State Parks
It can be a great place to explore in when it is trainy or cold outside, or even in the heat of the summer.
Hopefully, I have given you enough information to start off with. I have lived here for over seven years now, and I still have many places to explore.