Take a walk on the ancient side…

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Just before you hit the Utah border, pull off of I-70 at exit 2 into Rabbit Valley.  Follow theDSC00703 (2) exit road until you get to Rabbit Valley Rd, and  turn right.  You will end up in the parking lot where the trail head is well marked.

If you have the time, the Trail Through Time is a 1.5 mi loop hike.  It is easy and will only take you about 40 minutes.  If you only have 20 minutes, then grab a quick tailgate picnic, and do a little exploring around the area.

DSC00719 (2)The Trail Through Time area contains an active dinosaur quarry.  It is still being excavated occasionally in the summer months.  The Mygatt-Moore quarry is worked and maintained by the Museum of Western Colorado and has produced a large variety of dinosaur bones. These bones include the Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus and Allosaurus. You can read more about this on their website HERE.

The trail itself is an easy loop that has signs along the way describing the landscape andDSC00717 (2) DSC00713 (2)history as well as pointing out various dinosaur bones.  If you don’t have time to hike the loop, there are signs available at the parking lot and just a few steps up the trail, that give you information about the surrounding areas and the Jurassic Period.

So stretch your legs, climb a few rocks, and enjoy this last ’20 min’ stop before you leave Colorful Colorado!

DSC00274 (2)    hiking trail leading into rocky mesa    rocky hiking trail    DSC00730b    DSC00748 (2)

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