Every July for the past 5 years, the Museum of Culpeper History has held a Dino Walk event at Luck Stone Quarry in Culpeper, Virginia. They proclaim these dinosaur tracks as the largest collection ever discovered in North America. These particular dinosaurs were part of the early Triassic period beginning more than 215 million years ago. They were first discovered at the bottom of the quarry back in 1989.

This year it was July 13th. They have hourly time slots for cars to enter between 8 AM and 12 Noon. We arrived for the 10 AM tour. We didn’t want to try to rush our kids out the door to get there at 8 AM, and a July Noon in VA is just too hot! We remembered to bring along our ticket, got it scanned at the entrance and got our car in the staging lineup.

One of the most exciting parts of this adventure was driving down to the bottom of the quarry. It is an interesting perspective that you wouldn’t normally get to experience unless you work in a quarry. There were quite a few beautiful, flowing American Flags displayed at the top. We got to the bottom and it was beautiful! There were strikingly colored ponds and beautiful rock walls and formations everywhere.

On to the main event! It only took a few minutes to drive to the bottom. You have about 40 minutes to walk around and look at the tracks, ask questions and enjoy the scenery. 

They had many tracks circled with blue chalk paint so we didn’t have to do much hunting for them. There were a few that we found unmarked which was exciting! The museum volunteers supplied water guns to fill using a  buckets of water they had sitting out. It didn’t work out well for us. The guns were hard to fill and the buckets were filled with too many hands. That’s alright though! The idea was to spray the tracks to get a better view of the depth and shape. It would be a good idea to bring your own filled water guns if you want to wet the tracks to see them that way.

I found this unique event on Facebook. Social media can be strange. Sometimes it seems like they can hear our conversations or base advertisements off of stuff that we were sure we only said in our heads. Then sometimes it shares awesome events that you may not know existed!

This Dino Walk event sells out quickly. For 2020, the event will be held in September! Tickets go on sale June 1st. Bonus: Your pass gets you free admission to the Museum of Culpeper History for the whole weekend!

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  1. What a cool experience! Woow…bring a water gun to inspect the tracks better…Who would have thought of that! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tip! Sounds like an awesome time! πŸ™‚

  2. What a fun and unique experience. Who knew Virginia had dinosaurs…but I suppose they were everywhere at one time. Love this type of hands-on learning especially for kids…makes it so memorable.

  3. Crazy. My first thought is…if they are real dinosaur prints wouldn’t they preserve them better and not have people walking all around and possibly on them? Looks beautiful and a fun way to spend the afternoon.

    1. I wondered that too when I first read about this! Thankfully, they only allow this one day a year for about 2 hours total! There are only a very small number of people allowed at a time so that keeps it very open and spacious too! πŸ™‚

  4. So fun! We’ve checked out dinosaur tracks here in Colorado and Utah, but never over on your end of the country. And how awesome that you heard about it on social media! I agree, it is such a bizzare mixed bag of good and bad.

  5. That sounds like a great adventure for rock, fossil, and history lovers. I also had to think how many times the brother or sister got sprayed instead of the dino print…lol… which would make this extra fun for kids.

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