On our second day of travel after we left Glenwood Springs, Colorado, we headed towards our next pit stop for the night: Fruita, Colorado.
We checked into our hotel and then headed out for dinner. This time instead of going out to a chain restaurant, we drove to their downtown area and ate a local restaurant. I wrote about our meal there on Saturday's Foodie Post HERE.
Downtown Fruita is small, but cute and well maintained. I loved their old fashioned bank building.
We really didn't know what to expect from Dinosaur Hill. My husband saw it on Google Maps when he was trying to locate a hotel. He thought, "I don't what that is, but that sounds interesting." We have found from past travel experience that we have so much fun when we discover the unexpected on our trips, so off we went to check it out.
True to our experience, Dinosaur Hill ended up being a lot fun and so interesting. It is a one mile self guided trail that loops past ten geological and paleontological interests including a Apatosaurus site excavated in 1901 by Elmer Riggs. This Apatosaurus skeleton is on display at the Field Museum in Chicago.
The view from the top of the hill is breathtaking. You not only get a great view of the town of Fruita, but the mountains as well.
Past this scenic overlook, the trail gets a bit more rugged and difficult, and is no longer accessible by wheelchair or strollers.
The rock formations are just fascinating.
The pictures below shows the quarry where Riggs and his team dug 20 feet into the sandstone to remove the dinosaur bones. Can you see me standing in the middle of the picture? Having a person in the photograph really helps give you an idea of the scale of this place.
Dinosaur Hill is open dawn to dusk. There is a parking lot and a restroom.
If you are a geology lover, or are fascinated with dinosaurs, this is the trail for you! But for me, I just enjoyed the nice hike with beautiful views. There were so many lovely spring wildflowers in bloom while we were there. I plan on doing a special Sunday gardening posts featuring pictures of all the beautiful wildflowers I discovered on my vacation.
Here is another picture to give you an idea of the size of some of these amazing geological formations.
They look a lot bigger when a person is standing in front of them, don't they?
We had such a wonderful time hiking this trail. It was so nice to get outside and really take a nice, refreshing hike after spending eight hours in a car. We were refreshed and ready to begin the last trek of our journey to Vegas the next day.
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