Dinosaurs are a big part of Wyoming's history.

Historians say dinosaurs roamed the earth 245 million years ago until about 66 million years ago. That's pretty impressive, as they were dominant for nearly 200 million years.

Dinosaurs were first documented in 1677 when a professor at Oxford University discovered a dinosaur bone. Can you imagine being the person who just happened to stumble on a large bone and then tried to explain what type of creature it belonged to? It wasn't until the early 1800s when the first dinosaur fossil was identified and others were discovered.

Nearly 70 years later, in the 1870s, Wyoming became a hotspot for those looking to find dinosaur remnants. Fast-forward to the 20th century, hundreds of tons of fossils have been found here. Today, the research continues across the state.

I tell you all this to tell you that June 1st is Dinosaur Day, and there are many ways to celebrate in Wyoming. Of course, you can visit one of the awesome dinosaur museums and dig sites.

Since National Dino Day is on a Saturday this year, you may consider a road trip. If you're going on a road trip, you'll need to stop and get gas, so you should check out the Dino Day celebration at Sinclair gas stations all over Wyoming. You could save up to $.30 per gallon on Premium Grade gas if you have the app and use Dino Pay.

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