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Insider Tips For Visiting Cabazon Dinosaurs Near Palm Springs

We all have a bucket list of sorts.  You know, places we want to visit one day, but haven’t gotten to quite yet.  Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, California is one of those places for me.  I’ve passed the iconic dinosaurs countless times while driving from LA to Arizona, but I’ve never stopped to actually check them out.  Finally, one day in March, I decided to change that and became one of the 12 million people who drive by them every year.

The World’s Biggest Dinosaurs™ museum in Cabazon includes a dinosaur garden and 50 robotic dinosaurs.  This educational facility features work from scientists around the world including Dr. Benjamin Carson and Dr. Michael Egnor.  Here, visitors learn cool dinosaur facts and about the history of the planet and the human race from a Creationist perspective.  Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the best places to see dinosaurs in California!

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon

Cabazon Dinosaurs, also referred to as Claude Bell’s Dinosaurs, are enormous, sculptured roadside attractions located right off the Cabazon exit of Interstate 10, a short distance west of Palm Springs.  The site features Dinny the Dinosaur, a 150-foot-long building, shaped like a larger-than-life-sized Brontosaurus (or perhaps it’s an Apatosaurus), and Mr. Rex, a 65-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex structure.

Cabazon Dinosaurs, also referred to as Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, are enormous, sculptured roadside attractions located in Cabazon, California, and visible to the immediate north of Interstate 10.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

The History of Cabazon Dinosaurs

The first dinosaur to appear at Cabazon Dinosaurs was the Brontosaurusbuilt by former Knott’s Berry Farm theme park artist and sand sculptor Claude Bell.  Bell decided to build the steel-and-concrete dinosaur in order to attract more visitors to his now permanently closed Wheel Inn Diner next door.  Construction on Dinny the Dinosaur began in 1964 and was completed 11 years later.  The giant apatosaurus is arguably the largest dinosaur in America.  Mr. Rex was completed in 1981.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Sculptor Claude K. Bell in March 1970, with his 45 ft high 150 ft long Dinosaur under construction in Cabazon

Since their construction, Bell’s dinosaurs have been featured in Coke commercials, MTV music videos, and the 1985 film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.  When Bell passed away in 1998, his family sold the property to its new owners named Young Earth Creationists.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Palm Springs Dinosaurs

Cabazon Dinosaurs has over fifty dinosaurs, a dinosaur dig and fossil panning.  It is the perfect pit stop along interstate 10 to stretch your legs, snap some pictures, and be on your merry way.  The location also adds to the experience, because you are far away from any major city.  So it looks like the dinosaurs are living in their natural habitat.

Dinosaur Museum near Palm Springs, California

I spent about an hour walking around the museum by myself and taking pictures.  The short walk along the Palm Springs dinosaur exhibition trail gives you a rare chance to see the dinosaurs up close and personal.  Don’t worry though, I promise they don’t bite!

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Along the pathway, you can also do gemstone and fossil panning, which is included in the price of admission.  My children would have loved this!  It reminded me of the time when my kids went panning for gold at World of Dinosaurs in Laguna Hills, California.

Cabazon Dinosaurs Roadside Attraction near Palm Springs

Cabazon Dinosaurs Roadside Attraction near Palm Springs

Furthermore, visitors are invited to excavate dinosaur fossils outside in the Dino Dig.   If you are lucky enough and find the marked quartz rock, you might just win a prize!  See the gift store for details.

Cabazon Dinosaurs Roadside Attraction near Palm Springs

What I liked the most about my visit was the opportunity to climb inside the gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex at the end of the pathway.  It is a bit scary at first, especially if you are claustrophobic.  It is very tight inside the T-Rex’s mouth and only one or two people can go in at a time.  But once you reach the top, it is well worth the view!

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is one of the numerous dinosaur museums in Southern California that offer fields trips for schools, homeschoolers and scout troops.

Cabazon Dinosaurs, also referred to as Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, are enormous, sculptured roadside attractions located in Cabazon, California, and visible to the immediate north of Interstate 10

Cabazon Dinosaurs, also referred to as Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, are enormous, sculptured roadside attractions located in Cabazon, California, and visible to the immediate north of Interstate 10

Cabazon Dinosaurs, also referred to as Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, are enormous, sculptured roadside attractions located in Cabazon, California, and visible to the immediate north of Interstate 10

After you exit the T-Rex, you are led into a cave-like-gift-store, which has a few robotic dinosaurs.  They even have a dinosaur you can ride on!  The store has a wide variety of dinosaur souvenirs, memorabilia and trinkets that you can purchase.  So I got my son a dinosaur fossil kit!

Cabazon Dinosaurs Roadside Attraction near Palm Springs

Cabazon Dinosaurs Roadside Attraction near Palm Springs

Cabazon Dinosaurs Roadside Attraction near Palm Springs

Cabazon Dinosaurs Admission Price

Visitors are able to climb inside the 150 foot Brontosaurus for free, which leads you to the gift shop.  Paid admission provides entrance into the museum and a visit with the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other ancient dinosaurs.   Cabazon Dinosaurs cost of admission is $13 adults, $11 kids, $10 military with ID & seniors, 2 and under are FREE.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is located at 50770 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230.

Happy Field Tripping,

Jilleen

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