Where to find dinosaurs in Colorado

KUSA - Lots of people are excited to see Jurassic World when it makes its debut in theaters this weekend (review below), but if real dinosaurs are more your thing, there are many ways to learn about them in Colorado.

Here are nine "dino-rific" ways to get your prehistoric fix in Colorado:

1. Dinosaur National Monument: Fossils can still be found in the rocks at this park in northwest Colorado. At the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall, you can see 1,500 fossils still encased in the rocks they were found in.

2. Dinosaur Ridge: Nearly 300 dinosaur footprints are fossilized in the rocks minutes away from Red Rocks Ampitheatre. Maybe these dinos liked concerts?

​3. Dinosaur Journey Museum: Check out some robotic dinosaurs at this museum and working paleontology lab in Fruita.

4. Denver Museum of Nature and Science: If you want a downtown dino experience, the Museum of Nature and Science has lots of hands-on exhibits and fossils, including a stegosaurus, Colorado's state fossil.

5. Picketwire Canyonlands: The largest known set of dinosaur tracks in North America is in these canyons south of La Junta. Many of these tracks are from Brontosaurs and Allosaurs.

6. Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center: This museum in Woodland Park has lots of prehistoric lizards, flying reptiles and fish from the Cretaceus Period.

7. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: You won't see a lot of dinosaurs at this park near Cripple Creek, but you will learn about the environment they lived in. Check out petrified giant redwoods that are 14-feet wide and thousands of fossilized insects and plants.

8. Garden Park Fossil Area: The first complete Allosaurus skeleton was found at this location, just north of Canon City. Other late Jurassic-era creatures have been found here too, including turtles and crocodiles.

9. Morrison Natural History Museum: Featuring daily tours, the museum also features a fossil dig pit, where children can dig for small, Colorado fossils.

Don't forget - Gas stations with dinosaur mascots: If you need gas before setting off on your dinosaur-filled adventure, you may as well keep the theme going.

If you were a fan of the Jurassic Park series more than 20 years ago, the new installment will not disappoint. And yes, the original theme song is back.

Also back are the human-crafted dinosaurs, this time with some extra genetic modifications.

The movie begins with brothers (Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins) on their way to the Jurassic World theme park in Isla Nublar - under the care of their aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) - who also happens to be the park's operations manager.

Aunt Claire leaves her nephews with an assistant - as she's preoccupied trying to draw more appeal to the now ordinary sight of dinosaurs.

That appeal comes in the form of Indominus rex, a hybrid who's grander than any dinosaur that's ever graced the park. Before it can makes its debut, behavioral researcher and raptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) is asked to assess security measures in its exhibit.

His worst fears are realized when the creature outsmarts park operators and terrorizes the island.

Playing to the themes that humans are never truly in control when it comes to nature, Jurassic World offers a realistic view to a science-gone-wrong plot.

Realistic except for the heels, who would ever run away from dinosaurs in heels? Claire would. But WHY!?!

Mixed in are some Godzilla-like fight scenes between the dinosaurs you won't want to miss.

Jurassic World will fulfill the needs of nostalgia-lovers. If you respect the movie for what it is - you'll leave feeling entertained.

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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