Prehistoric Experiences At New Dinosaur Park Five Hours From Los Alamos

The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience opened in July about five hours from Los Alamos just outside Cañon City, Colo. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
Childrens ropes course. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

 

By DAVID SCHMIDT
  • Colorado’s newest dinosaur museum offers learning experiences and high-value family fun for kids of all ages 

The Jurassic and Cretaceous periods may have ended millennia ago, but that’s not stopping a major resurgence of interest in dinosaurs, as well as the presence of 17 skinned animatronic dinosaurs, at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience (RGDE), which opened in July about five hours from Los Alamos just outside Cañon City, Colo.

The RGDE is Colorado’s newest and biggest dinosaur attraction, and it features a state-of-the-art, 16,200 square foot building, dynamic multimedia museum displays and exhibits, a life-size animatronic outdoor dinosaur park, a three-story tall ropes course, a little kids’ ropes course and fossil dig, a fully stocked gift shop, interactive tours, as well as a café that serves light refreshments.

“My family and I have been thrilled to open the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience and share it with our visitors,” said Zach Reynolds, president and co-owner of the RGDE. “Our goal was to create a high-value, low-cost, family oriented museum that educates visitors while treating them to a dinosaur experience unlike anything else in Colorado.” The RGDE is situated on U.S. Highway 50, just a 15-minute drive from downtown Cañon City and a 10-minute drive from the world-famous Royal Gorge. 

The RGDE houses an impressive collection of full-scale dinosaur fossil casts, real fossils and a fossil laboratory.

“The Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience offers fun and educational entertainment that’s focused on creating indelible family memories,” Reynolds said. “Our properly is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, not far from the greater Garden Park Fossil Area, where many important fossils were unearthed starting in the 1870’s and continuing into present time.” 

Visit www.dinoxp.com for more information on this exciting new attraction.

 
Dinosaur walk with young photographer. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
Dinosaurs around every corner. Photo by Jennifer Bartram 
 
Play area with childrens ropes course. Photo by Jennifer Bartram 
 
Ropes course. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
 
View of ropes course. Photo by Jennifer Bartram 
 
Young girl on childrens ropes course. Photo by Jennifer Bartram 
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