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Grand Junction
 

Grand Junction, Colorado

 
Grand Junction is more than just the mid-way point between Denver and Salt Lake City. This small town on Colorado's western slope is a great place to explore the great outdoors. Home to Colorado National Monument (23,000 acres of windows, arches, and canyons) and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area, part of the 122,300-acre McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Grand Junction boasts miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails of varying length and difficulty. But that's not all. Grand Valley, as the broader area is known, is situated on the banks of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers making it an ideal destination for fishing and rafting, both white water and float trips. And it is a primary stop on the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway. While it may be hard to imagine, this rocky, semi-arid environment on the Uncompahgre Plateau once looked more like the mouth of the Mississippi River with conifers, cycads and ferns. But what makes Grand Junction and the surrounding area a great place to hunt rocks and find bones? Thanks to mountain uplift and erosion the area's geological and paleontological history is today exposed. The Morrison formation, found here, is Late Jurassic sedimentary rock roughly 150 million years old!
Collared Lizard

Collared Lizard

Alfredo De Simone

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

National Park Service

Allosaurus

Allosaurus

Flavia Righetti

Dinosaur Dig

Dinosaur Dig

Alfredo De Simone

 
Cool Tourist Attractions in Grand Junction
 

550 Jurassic Court

Fruita, Colorado 81521

+1 970 858 7282

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Dinosaur Journey, part of the Museum of Western Colorado, is more than a bunch of bones in a small box. In addition to the requisite dinosaur replicas, this small, square museum on Colorado's western front has a variety of hands-on exhibits and robotic dinosaurs. Young children will enjoy playing in the s ... Read More
Dinosaur Journey, part of the Museum of Western Colorado, is more than a bunch of bones in a small box. In addition to the requisite dinosaur replicas, this small, square museum on Colorado's western front has a variety of hands-on exhibits and robotic dinosaurs. Young children will enjoy playing in the sand at the simulated dig site. And you may have a hard time pulling older children away from the earthquake maker. But the real reason to make the trek to this dinosaur museum are the fossils that are yet to be found. Take part in a paleontologist-led dinosaur dig in nearby Rabbit Valley and whether you dig for day or a week get a closer look at dinosaur bones.
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Allosaurus

Allosaurus

Flavia Righetti

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Fruita, Colorado 81521

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 spo ... Read More
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.
Historic Interest
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Corner S. Broadway & Meadows Way

Grand Junction, Colorado 81503

Riggs Hill is the site of the earliest Brachiosaurus find and the first area dinosaur dig site. First excavated by Elmer S. Riggs, Assistant Curator of Paleontology at the Field Museum in Chicago, in 1900, both Stegosaurus and Allosaurus bones have also been uncovered at this paleontology hotspot. The 0.8 mil ... Read More
Riggs Hill is the site of the earliest Brachiosaurus find and the first area dinosaur dig site. First excavated by Elmer S. Riggs, Assistant Curator of Paleontology at the Field Museum in Chicago, in 1900, both Stegosaurus and Allosaurus bones have also been uncovered at this paleontology hotspot. The 0.8 mile, self-guided interpretive trail offers panoramic views of Grand Valley.
Historic Interest

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