Prehistoric Presence near Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region has a rich history of prehistoric proportions. With fossils, footprints, exhibits, animitronics, a rope course and even its very own native dinosaur, we have the the perfect activity to please your inner Paleontologist.


1. The Dinosaur Resource Center

The Dinosaur Resource Center, rated as one of the best dinosaur museums in the USA by the Travel Channel, offers unique and spectacular dinosaurs including T-Rex, raptors, giant flying and marine reptiles, huge carnivorous fish and life restorations. It even has its own Paleontology Laboratory. Visitors can peek through the glass and see our paleo technicians and scientists working on the latest discovery - fresh from the field. 

2. Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center

Colorado Springs and the surrounding region was a hotbed of prehistoric presence that anyone can easily explore today. On May 24, 2008 Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center announced the world's only known fossil of an entirely new dinosaur species that was found inside the park. Named Theiophytalia kerri, after the Colorado College professior who actually discovered the skull, a cast can be inside the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Stop by the Jurrasic World display, the innovative Geo-Trekker experience, and grab a photo-op of the 3D dinosaur mural for more history and fun on the park's past.

3. Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Prehistoric Presence Near Pikes Peak

Wander the trails of Red Rock Canyon Open Space to find evidence of the area's prehistoric ecosystem. It's possible to stumble upon dinosaur footprints, marine fossils and even the teeth of shell-crushing sharks.

4. Florissant Fossil Beds

Prehistoric Presence Near Pikes Peak

The nearby Florissant Fossil Beds, a Colorado National Monument,  preserves one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. Massive petrified redwood trees and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado. Embark on a self-guided tour or Take "Paleontology 101" and learn how the Paleontology department excavates the shale beds and how they split the shale to find wonderful fossils.

5. Skyline Drive

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Experience magnificent - and occasionally hair raising - views from Skyline Drive in nearby Canon City, an approximately 3-mile stretch of paved road that follows the crest of an 800-foot high Dakota hogback. This narrow road is open year round, weather permitting. Stop along the way to view a series of preserved dinosaur footprints, called a dinosaur trackway, preserved in the Early Cretaceous Dakota Sandstone. Explanatory signs provide additional information for dinosaur enthusiasts.

6. Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience

Take a trip back in time at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience. This state-of-the-art museum holds a world-class collection of dinosaur fossils, full-scale dinosaur fossil casts and interactive displays. Enjoy their dino animatronics on the Wild Walk exhibit, a multi-story ropes course and so much more.

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