The Dinosaurs Are Keeping Score at Dinosaur Ridge:
Will Team Stegosaurus or Team Tyrannosaurus Raise More for the Much-Needed Bus?
MORRISON, Colorado, May 5, 2017 – The dinosaurs at Dinosaur Ridge are duking it out to see who can raise more money to buy a new tour bus. Team Gus (the Stegosaurus) and Team Russ (the Tyrannosaurus) are making a fuss about the lack of buses to carry visitors up the ridge to the world-famous dinosaur track site and bones quarry in Morrison. Gus and Russ recently starred in a three-minute video called “Bus Fuss,” written in the style of the children’s book Goodnight Moon.
The staff and dinosaurs at Dinosaur Ridge are asking people from across the country to donate in the hopes that they can purchase a new 20-passenger bus before summer, which is the busiest time of year for visitation. The video can be found at www.dinoridge.org/busfuss.html.
“In 2016, more than 35,000 people rode our tour buses to visit our fossil sites and dinosaur tracks. We have 40-minute tours where people can see and touch the geologic and paleontologic treasures at Dinosaur Ridge. But we have a shortage of buses and several of our current buses are on their last legs. Plus, no likes to hear the dinosaurs whine,” says Executive Director, Jeff Lamontagne.
Dinosaur Ridge is one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil localities. The team of knowledgeable bus drivers take visitors to see the Brontosaur Bulges, where footprints from the gentle giants bent the geologic layers of rock. Riders visit the bone quarries where some of the best-known dinosaurs were first discovered in 1877 Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, and Stegosaurus, the Colorado State Fossil. The specimens represent animals that lived 150 million years ago in the Late Jurassic Period, also known as the “Age of Giants.”
The buses also stop at the number one-ranked dinosaur track site in North America, where more than 300 tracks from Iguanodon-like plant-eating dinosaurs and ostrich-sized meat-eating dinosaurs cover the 100-million year-old rocks of the Dakota Group, representing the Early Cretaceous Period.
The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge was founded in 1989 with the mission of preserving the paleontologic, geologic, and historic resources on Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail, and outlier sites in the Golden-Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark and educating the public about these resources. The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible.