My dear bloggy friend, Kristine, recommended Dinosaur Ridge in her personalized Colorado travel brochure for geeky homeschoolers:)
Dinosaur Ridge is located 14 miles west of downtown Denver. Our visit cost nothing, but there are fees for entering the visitor center and/or riding the shuttle bus.
Glorious sun finally began to shine as we walked up the trail.
These were hills/mountains parallel to Dinosaur Ridge.
What is the historical significance of this site? – In 1937 the City and County of Denver built Alameda Parkway as the main route to Red Rocks Park. The construction exposed dinosaur tracks, but for many years geologists and members of the public observed them without studying them in detail. In 1983, the area now named as Dinosaur Ridge was designated as a National Landmark to preserve its fossil bones and tracks.
Today, after an expansion of the main site in 1994, over 300 tracks have been identified. Of those at least half are periodically colored using charcoal by Dinosaur Ridge volunteers to help visitors see the tracks in the sandstone.
Of course, Christian and Rebecca wished that they had been allowed to climb the rock face.
Bars and fences protected the prints from their trampling, however.
I should have snapped close-up photographs of the small signs identifying which dinosaurs created which prints. Oops.
We were in the shadow of the ridge, and the weather was still quite chilly.
Time to hike back down to the vehicle.
The Lego store isn’t far away!!!
Thanks, Kristine, for your recommendation!
Note: We enjoyed our short, free visit. By hiking the trail ourselves instead of utilizing the visitor’s center and shuttle bus tour, we avoided most of the evolutionary assumptions which appear prominent in Dinosaur Ridge materials. We brought along several dinosaur books from home to help us focus on our Lord’s creation of the dinosaurs instead:)