Dinosaur Hill

Glade Park, Colorado 81523

Dinosaur Hill

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In 1901, paleontologist Elmer Riggs uncovered two-thirds of an Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) on Dinosaur Hill. This, along with the remains of a Brachiosaurus Riggs found on a hill just east of here—now called Riggs Hill—were the largest dinosaurs known to man at the time. This trail goes past the site where Riggs made his Apatosaurus discovery.

In 1891, a local Grand Junction newspaper documented the discovery of “agatized bones of the mastadon [sic]” in a nearby cave along with eight mummified bodies of the genus Homo, 11 feet tall. In fact, these were all dinosaur bones, but such local legends had spread for years until 1900, when the first scientific work was conducted in Mesa County."

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Trail Information

Glade Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
30-45 minutes
Open year-round, dawn to dusk, although very hot in midsummer
BLM Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Rd., Grand Junction, CO 81506; (970) 244-3000, blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html. Museum of Western Colorado, 462 Ute Ave., Grand Junction, CO, 81501; (970) 242-0971. Also Dinosaur Journey Museum, 550 Jurassic Court, Fruita CO; (970) 8587282, museumofwesternco.com.
Local Contacts
USGS Colorado National Monument, Fruita; Trails Illustrated Colorado National Monument/McInnis Canyons NCA
Local Maps

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Dec 2018