Dinosaur Hill gets new signs explaining historical significance

Published: Aug. 7, 2018 at 4:53 PM MDT
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The signs on Dinosaur Hill in Fruita have been replaced to help teach people about the historical importance of the area.

Officials with Dinosaur Journey and the Bureau of Land Management put them up in hopes of better explaining the significance of the area.

"We were able to replace the previous signs that were here that were really showing their age and update them with new information, better resolution photographs and the new standards for the McInnis Canyons Natural Conservation Area," said Julia McHugh the curator of paleontology at the Museums of Western Colorado.

Elmer Riggs discovered an Apatosaurus skeleton in 1901 on Dinosaur Hill.

"Here at Dinosaur Hill we have not only beautiful scenery for people to see, but also a very important historic dinosaur quarry as well as lots of interesting research that has come from this area," McHugh said.

There are also fossils along the way.

The new signs are a way to display all of that information for incoming hikers and tourists.