Almost everyone has seen these dinosaurs in one way or the other. They have been in everything from music videos to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and if you live in Southern California there is not much chance that you haven’t drove by them at least once on the way to Palm Springs or Arizona. According to the dinosaurs website over 12 million people drive by them every year. The history of the dinosaurs is as follows:
The dinosaurs were built over 30 years ago. The apatosaurus (formely known as the brontosaurus) took eleven years to build and is the biggest dinosaur in the world. The belly of Dinny hosts an awesome store with something for everyone. The T-Rex, affectionately known as “Mr. Rex”, took seven years to build.
The dinosaurs are free to see, but they do cost if you want to go in them. There is not much additional to see in them, but it is always fun to say that you have been inside the dinosaurs if anyone ever asks. The dinosaurs themselves are a lot of fun to photograph as they stand very tall amidst the desert landscape and they provide a great place to stop on a long drive with children. There is also a restaurant right next to them that you can stop at and eat in their shadow.
There are now plans to completely renovate the area and the dinosaurs themselves to turn this exit into a premier stop off the freeway. It seems interesting to me that it has taken them so long to do this as Morongo Casino and the outlets have been drawing tourists for years now and you would think the dinosaurs would want to cash in on that. One way or another you should make it a point to check them out before the renovation though and the bleak surroundings they currently reside in add to their luster for me.
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