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The Railroad Museum will be running their Dinosaur Express train this Saturday.  Colorado railroads helped unearth many fossils as railroad tracks were laid. Construction crews often exposed these unusual and fascinating bones as they were digging and laying railroad ties. Trains were then used to transport these ‘stone bones’ to museums around Colorado and throughout the U.S.  Make “Fresh Tracks through Prehistory” as children enjoy dino-related activities like:

  • Participating in scavenger hunts
  • Painting casts of a dinosaur footprint to take home
  • Sifting through loose sand to find, identify and take home free small fossils like shark teeth
  • Panning for gold and minerals such as fool’s gold (pyrite), amethyst, rose quart and peridot
  • Cracking geodes
  • Sluicing for Gems, Minerals and Fossils
  • Learning about dinosaur eggs and nests

Be greeted by multiple dinosaurs whose skeletons have been found all along the Front Range.  Follow the dinosaur tracks around the Museum’s 15-acre railyard and listen to the adventurous stories of these prehistoric reptiles during our dinosaur storytime. Train rides depart every 30 minutes between 10:00AM and 4:00PM and are included in the price of admission.  Dinosaur Express Train is in collaboration with the Morrison Natural History Museum, Dinosaur Ridge and Triebold Paleontology.

A slightly older crowd can look forward to their next special train–the Golden Craft Beer Train on August 9th!