Backstory and Context
Dinosaur Ridge’s international acclaim dates to 1877, when Arthur Lakes, a professor at the Colorado School of Mines in the city of Golden, discovered a myriad of fossils. The original fossils included the Apatosaurus, the Stegosaurus, and the Allosaurus, and these fossils, along with other early discoveries, were highly representative of the Late Jurassic Period, 150 million years ago. Following the discoveries, scientists and paleontologists from all over the world made their way to Colorado to take part in the dinosaur gold rush along the Morrison Formation.
By 1937, during construction of the West Alameda Parkway, researchers discovered dinosaur tracks in the 100-million-year-old rocks on the eastern side of Dinosaur Ridge. Over the course of the 20th century, several more important discoveries were made, while Dinosaur Ridge maintained its acclaim for its ecological and paleontological significance. In fact, over 300 types of tracks have been identified.
In 1989, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge non-profit was established to preserve fossils and educate the public about the natural history of the area. The site also features the Dinosaur Ridge Exhibit Hall, which displays about the dinosaurs found at the site, as well as interpretive trails that explain the local geology, a volcanic ash bed, trace fossils, paleoecology, and many other geological and paleontological features.
History & Discoveries. Dinosaur Ridge. n d. Accessed October 03, 2018. http://www.dinoridge.org/history---discoveries.html.