This world class ever emerging paleo-environment combines with current bio diversity that can be seen in these layered events of many kinds. The Rock offers a most interesting past and formative ever changing present cultural happening. We celebrate a fusion of the Arts and Sciences by showcasing Paleontology, Geology, Entomology and Biology with all the current Bio Diversity with seasonality of Flora and Fauna through Art and Photography blended with Science and Natural History research.
You must come and take a long walk through these ancient monolithic conglomerates. One can also experience the dry sand dunes transformed in time into sedimentary rock. The Lions’ formed on top of the Red Rocks yet now reside below the protruding Red Rocks in geographic location and lower altitude.
The Red Rocks Park has no Jurassic or Western Interior Seaway Cretaceous period Dinosaurs. We have fossilized Stromatolites in the Lykins’ Formation of which recent discoveries have uncovered very large specimens that can easily be seen from entrance #1 and #2 roads. Tracks and the 40 ft. Sea Serpent that Denver Theaters and Arenas claims to be here…are not. When you come to visit the park and wish to see dinosaur fossils and tracks one can conveniently travel to the Dakota Hogback across from the Red Rocks Park. The real dinosaur bones and trace fossil footprints ‘in situ’ are over on the Dinosaur Ridge with the new Dinosaur Ridge addition, The Discovery Center, located on the first entrance of the Red Rocks Park.
Over on the Dakota Hogback side lies the Morrison Formation with the Dakota sandstones. Where there are some famous dig sites from the 1870’s. To mention in particular is quarry #5 that starts up the “Bone Wars”. Really the site of our first almost complete Stegosaurus named in this Morrison Formation location and later became our Colorado State Fossil. Many other important finds from quarry 5 can also be seen in the Morrison Natural History Museum. Including pieces of the first Stegosaurus with the first ever Apatosaurus Ajax Skull/Snout named, “Kevin”. A notable Discovery made over a decade ago by Matthew T. Mossbrucker the Curator of the Morrison Natural History Museum.