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Morrison in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Dinosaur Ridge

Designated as part of the Dakota Hogback Natural Area

 
 
Dinosaur Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2012
1. Dinosaur Ridge Marker
Inscription. Designated a Colorado Natural Area in 2002, the Dakota Hogback/Dinosaur Ridge Natural Area in Jefferson County is a crown jewel of statewide, national and international importance. The Dakota Hogback/Dinosaur Ridge Natural Area exemplifies all the qualities of a Colorado Natural Area. The array of dinosaur tracks, bones and fossils provide a window into a lost world for scholars, kids, and everyone in between. The Hogback delights bird lovers with it's raptor migratory pathways. There are often more than 10 raptors per hour during migration. The Dakota Hogback also supports rare plants and rare tallgrass communities, and exposes the diverse geologic history of Colorado.

The Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP) was started in 1979 to identify and protect the very best Natural Areas in the State. The Natural Areas System recognizes and conserves the most unique and significant biologic, geologic or paleontologic sites in the State. The program assists state, federal, and private landowners of these Natural Areas through cooperative agreements and provides stewardship assistance to maintain all the special elements and protect these natural treasures.

In 2007, the Colorado Natural Areas Program obtained funding from the Colorado Lottery to assist the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge with protection of this world-class
Entrance sign with part of Dinosaur Ridge in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2012
2. Entrance sign with part of Dinosaur Ridge in background.
site. Since the tracks were first exposed during road excavation in 1937, rock slabs have been slowly sliding and on the verge of collapse or degradation. The stabilization project involved the insertion of rebar pins 12 inches deep to anchor against the leading edge of rock slabs. These pins formed the backbone of a support structure to hold the tracks in place. This project has helped ensure that this site will be enjoyed for years to come, and highlights the outstanding and careful management efforts of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge as stewards of this Colorado Natural Area.
 
Erected by the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.
 
Location. 39° 41.312′ N, 105° 11.439′ W. Marker is in Morrison, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from West Alameda Parkway 0.1 miles west of Colorado Highway 470, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16831 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison CO 80465, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Front Range Foothills (approx. 1.3 miles away); Red Rocks Amphitheatre (approx. 1.8 miles away); Red Rocks Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); Buffalo Bill
"Dinosaur" located at visitors center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2012
3. "Dinosaur" located at visitors center.
(approx. 4 miles away); Charles E. Kirk (approx. 4 miles away); Lariat Loop Byway: Buffalo Bill Museum (approx. 4 miles away); Lariat Loop Byway: Denver Mountain Parks (approx. 4 miles away); Our Changing Landscape-From Sea Floor to Mountain Top (approx. 4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Dinosaur Ridge website. (Submitted on January 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Dinosaur Ridge photos. (Submitted on January 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Wikipedia entry on Dinosaur Ridge. (Submitted on January 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AnimalsPaleontology
 
"Dinosaur" located near marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2012
4. "Dinosaur" located near marker.
Dinosaur Ridge sign with dinosaurs and visitors center in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2012
5. Dinosaur Ridge sign with dinosaurs and visitors center in background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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