Dinosaur Ridge

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Dinosaur Ridge Visitor’s Center
Dinosaur Ridge is an important community asset, located west of the C-470 and Alameda interchange and along the hogback. The Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center, operated by a non-profit organization, Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, is located on a County-owned piece of land adjacent to the property at the northwest corner of the interchange.

The historic archaeological and paleontological resources – €”fossils, prints, etc.€” – €”can be found approximately a half mile south and west from the nearest building contemplated in the proposed rezoning. These resources are found as Alameda Parkway climbs the hogback southward, crosses the ridge, and heads west toward the Red Rocks Park entrance.

This rezoning will not affect the archaeological and paleontological resources that are located up the hogback from the property. The property owner has committed to provide a historic resources survey prior to any development activity on the property. In the unlikely event that any historic resources are discovered on the property, the owner will notify appropriate governmental agencies. The property is not located within the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark.

As our team has worked on the plan and zoning for the property, we have given significant thought to the historic resources in the area, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, and the long-term future of the Visitor Center.

Dinosaur Ridge
Dinosaur Ridge in the Rooney Valley area

As currently proposed, the Visitor Center€” – €”which will remain in its current location on County-owned land€” – €”will be thoughtfully integrated into the overall site plan for the northwest corner, with setbacks, appropriate landscaping and buffering, and an integrated traffic plan. By bringing active, compatible uses to the northwest corner, the attractions along Dinosaur Ridge and the Visitor Center will gain positive new exposure and visibility as intended in the Comprehensive Master Plan€™s designation of this area as an €œActivity Center€.

Our team has prepared the northwest corner development plan with the understanding that the Visitor Center will remain in place. While we have not finalized any plans with the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, our team has indicated its willingness to provide financial assistance to this valued neighbor in constructing a new building.