Colorado National Monument extends fossil exhibit’s visit

Let’s see. What has three toes, walks like a turtle and hasn’t been seen around these parts for, oh, 150 million years or so?

Nope, it isn’t the Denver Broncos, although they might be open to suggestions after last Sunday’s 59–14 loss.

We, of course, are talking about the fossil exhibit at Colorado National Monument that includes turtle tracks, a three-toed dinosaur track and some lizard-type tracks never before found in the Morrison Formation.

Monument officials recently announced the popular exhibit, which opened on National Fossil Day, Oct. 13, will continue through Dec. 31.

Take a short drive to the monument, where you can see across the valley and gaze into the past at the same time.

The fossils age from the Jurassic Period, which reminds us even the Broncos’ offense someday will go extinct, if it hasn’t already.

WHAT: Unique Jurassic Period fossil exhibit at Colorado National Monument.

WHERE: Monument Visitor Center, 4 miles east of the Fruita entrance.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 31.

HOW: Find information at the park’s website,, or call the Visitor Center, 858-3617, ext. 360.


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