I love spontaneity in travel. Originally intending to just check out the local area around Aspen, but secretly really wanting to see a National Park, I decided to hop in the car yesterday morning and drive 2.5 hours (each way) to Colorado National Monument.
Needless to say (as you will see when I post some pictures) it was so worth it. As I had never really been around this area of the country before, I have been blow away by its natural beauty. It only makes me want to see more!
As I was turning back to head towards Aspen, there was one of those classic giant wooden hand painted signs that said “Dinosaur 2 miles” it piqued my interest but I drove by. Then, I stopped, turned around and said screw it take a minute and check it out, I ended up at Dinosaur Hill.
Turns out, in 1900 a guy named Elmer Riggs from the Field Museum in Chicago came out to Colorado following the news of the discovery of dinosaur bones, he explored around the area of Fruita and found bones of the Apatosaurus (Brauntosaurus) Excelsus. This rock is where he found the femur of the dinosaur. You can see how the rock molded around the fossil!
Moral of the story, if you see something cool by the side of the road, pull over and check it out, even if it takes 5 minutes, you might find something amazing.