Dinosaur Hill Professional Guide
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."