Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Based on Late Cretaceous fossil evidence found along this trail, this area was a delta with lakes, streams and a mosaic of swamps, scrubby forests, palm tree thickets and small open areas. Impressions of logs, leaves and palm fronds suggest a warm, humid climate similar to that of the Gulf Coast today.
Animals in this painting include: Triceratops protecting her young from Tyrannosaurus rex, a wading bird, and a mammal clinging to a tree stump.
This is North America at the time the Laramie Formation was being deposited about 68 million years ago. A shallow seaway was receding from the interior of the continent. The future state of Colorado is highlighted.
Erected by The Greater Denver Area Gem and Mineral Council, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, and the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.
Location. 39° 44.591′ N, 105° 13.276′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 6th Avenue (U.S. 6) half a mile south of 19th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The Triceratops Trail marker is located on the Bike Path south of Jones Road and Prospect Park. Marker is in this post office area: Golden CO 80401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bird Track (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Triceratops Tracks (about 500 feet away); Palm Fronds (about 500 feet away); 1211 Washington Avenue (approx. 0.8 miles away); Territorial Capital of Colorado (approx. 0.8 miles away); Billy Drew Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); 1115 Washington Avenue (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jolly Rancher 1113 Washington Avenue (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
Also see . . .
1. Triceratops. (Submitted on December 13, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Cretaceous Period. (Submitted on December 13, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Animals • Environment • Paleontology •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 34 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on December 13, 2017, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.