In the middle of the desert, off of Interstate 10, roam a garden of Dinosaurs. Driving up to Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, California, Dinny the apatosaurus comes into focus with Mr. Rex behind him. These guys are HUGE! Just look at the palm trees beside them for a size comparison.
Dinny and Mr. Rex were the heart-work of Claude Bell. He was a sculptor and portrait artist for Knott's Berry Farm, a theme park in Orange County. Dinny was the first to be sculpted, starting in 1964 and completed in 1975. Mr. Rex was started later in 1981 and took 5 years to complete. Originally, he created the dinosaurs to bring travelers into his Wheel Inn Diner. Unfortunately, it was closed when we came by. He had more plans but sadly, passed away before they could come to fruition.
We tried to save the stegosaurus! He was just too stubborn to listen to us while we tried to warn him about the meat eater coming up quickly behind.
He was not amused with our goofing around.
Enter through his butt for the Creationist museum! Inside Mr. Rex, there is a small Creationist exhibit explaining the theory that Man walked the earth alongside the Dinosaurs.
If you keep walking up the stairs inside his belly, you pass cave man drawings, some lava, and finally his massive mouth with giant teeth bigger than your fist.
Inside the gift shop, we learned that Knights and monkeys were enemies, and fought atop their war vehicles of choice.
Amazing artwork was seen by all.
Inside Dinny, there is another gift shop! No animatronic dinos there, but you are standing in the stomach of another dinosaur!!!
We had so much fun visiting this road side attraction! It's also great to be able to watch Pee Wee's Big Adventure and wig out that we were there.
Check out a silly video we threw together during our visit!