Eastern Mojave Vegetation Dinosaur Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado.
 
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See also: Dinosaur Ridge (north).

See also: Dakota Ridge. Matthews/Winters Park. Tin Cup Ridge.

The original discovery site of some of the best known dinosaurs and is the first place that dinosaur bones were ever found in North America. Location is on the state register of historic places.

Sometimes this ridge is called “Dakota Ridge.” Even the trail on this ridge is called the “Dakota Ridge Trail.” However, the Bureau of Geographic Names (BGN) does not accept that name for the ridge, and applies the name “Dinosaur Ridge” instead. The “Dakota” name is probably applied from the group name of the formations that make up the higback.


Elevation: 6657ft, 2029m.

Articles that refer to this location:

 

Literature Referring To This Location:

  • Scott, G. R. 1972. Geologic map of the Morrison quadrangle, Jefferson County, Colorado. Miscellaneous Geologic Investigations Map I-790-A. U. S. Geological Survey: 1972. {TAS-pdf} http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/ngm-bin/pdp/download.pl?q=7283_9620_5, accessed 28 August 2014
  • Waage, Karl M. 1955. Dakota Group in Northern Front Range Foothills, Colorado. Geological Survey Professional Paper. 274-B. Washington, D. C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1955. {TAS-pdf}

Species collected at or near this location:

Cupressaceae

Juniperus scopulorum Sarg. Rocky Mountain Juniper

Pinaceae

Pinus ponderosa Laws. Ponderosa Pine

Apiaceae

Harbouria trachypleura (A. Gray) J.M. Coult. & Rose. Whiskbroom Parsley

Apocynaceae

Apocynum androsaemifolium L. Bitter Dogbane

Asteraceae

Anthemideae

Artemisia frigida Willd. Prairie Sagewort

Artemisia ludoviciana Nutt. Silver Wormwood

Astereae

Heterotheca villosa (Pursh) Shinners. Hairy False Goldenaster

Cichorieae

Scorzonerinae

Tragopogon dubius Scop. Yellow Salsify

Senecioneae

Senecio integerrimus Nutt. Columbia Ragwort

Brassicaceae

Physaria montana (A. Gray) Greene. Mountain Bladderpod

Cactaceae

Opuntia macrorhiza Engelm. Twistspine Pricklypear

Caryophyllaceae

Cerastium arvense L. strictum Gaudin. Field Chickweed

Crassulaceae

Sedum lanceolatum Torr. Spearleaf Stonecrop

Fagaceae

Quercus gambelii Nutt. Gambel's oak

Geraniaceae

Erodium cicutarium (L.) L'Her. ex Aiton. Redstem Stork's Bill

Grossulariaceae

Ribes cereum Douglas. Wax Currant

Plantaginaceae

Penstemon virens Pennell ex Rydb. Front Range Beardtongue

Polygonaceae

Eriogonum umbellatum Torr. Sulphur-Flower Buckwheat

Rosaceae

Cercocarpus montanus Raf. Alder-Leaf Mountain Mahogany

Potentilla fissa Nutt. ex Torr. & A.Gray. Bigflower Cinquefoil

Prunus americana Marshall. American Plum

Prunus virginiana L. Chokecherry

Santalaceae

Comandra umbellata (L.) Nutt. pallida (A. DC.) Piehl. Pale Bastard Toadflax

Saxifragaceae

Heuchera parvifolia Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray. Littleleaf Alumroot

Alliaceae

Allium textile A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. Textile Onion

Commelinaceae

Tradescantia occidentalis (Britton) Smyth. Prairie Spiderwort

Melanthiaceae

Toxicoscordion paniculatum (Nutt.) Rydb. Foothill Death Camas

Poaceae

Andropogoneae

Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash. Little Bluestem

Aveneae

Koeleria macrantha (Ledeb.) Schult. Prairie Junegrass

Bromeae

Bromus inermis Leyss. Smooth Brome

Bromus tectorum L. Cheat Grass

Stipeae

Hesperostipa comata (Trin. & Rupr.) Barkworth. Needle and Thread

Total number of taxa: 32
Native Taxa:
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27
Exotic Taxa:
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4
Nativity Undetermined:
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1
Listed Weeds:
Indentified as Weed
0
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Date and time this article was prepared:5:23:38 PM, 6/19/2020.