Dinosaur Hill, Grand Junction
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Fruita, Colorado 81521
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Dinosaur Hill may no longer be an active dinosaur dig site but it has yielded important finds. In 1901, Elmer S. Riggs, Assistant Curator of Paleontology at the Field Museum in Chicago, unearthed roughly 2/3 of an Apatosaurus, the 70-foot plant-eating dinosaur once referred to as the Brontosaurus, at this spot between Fruita and Colorado National Monument. The 1-mile, self-guided interpretive trail offers insight to the area's paleontological and geological importance and includes a stop at the site excavated by Riggs.
Getting There
 
Dinosaur Hill is located 1.5 miles south of Fruita on Hwy 340. From I-70, exit 19 - CO 340 (Fruita/US-6/Colorado National Monument). Turn left on CO 340 and travel south.
Hours & Times
 
The trail is open from sunrise to sunset.
Admission & Fees
 
Admission is free of charge.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The 1-mile walk takes roughly 1 hour to complete. Brochures are available at the trailhead. Wear a hat and sunscreen and carry plenty of water.
 
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