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 Sunday Optional Event 

Time:  8:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Cost:  $55.00 per person

Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Dinosaur Ridge Tour
To begin this tour, we’ll travel just outside Denver to Red Rocks, the world’s only naturally occurring amphitheatre. 300 million years old, these dramatic sandstone formations create an absolute acoustical phenomenon.  At the base of Red Rocks, guests will have the option to exit the motorcoach and browse the “Old West” trading post. From there, they can either walk or ride to the top of Red Rocks to the venue’s underground Visitor Center, where they can walk through an interactive “Who’s Who” of legendary musicians who have played at Red Rocks through the years.   From there, guests will head to Dinosaur Ridge, one of the world's most famous dinosaur fossil localities.  In 1877, some of the best-known dinosaurs were first discovered by Arthur Lakes, a professor at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.  These included Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, the Colorado State Fossil; and Allosaurus.  These specimens represent animals that lived 150 million years ago in the Late Jurassic Period, also known as the "Age of Giants".  These discoveries sparked a historic dinosaur "gold rush" that traced the bone-bearing strata, known as the Morrison Formation (named after the Town of Morrison to the south), across a large part of the Rocky Mountain region.  This "Golden Age" of 19th century dinosaur exploration led to the discovery of many other important sites in the West.  The dozens of successful excavations at Dinosaur Ridge and at these other locations stocked many of the world's museums and brought dinosaurs to public attention. 

 
 

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