The owner of the Best Western Southwest in Denver has broken ground on a renovation project to turn the ho-hum hotel into a dinosaur mecca.
The hotel is just minutes away from Dinosaur Ridge, a site which preserves the footprints of a herd of long-necked sauropod dinosaurs.
A close-up of sauropod prints on Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado.
This footprint is seen in profile in an outcrop on Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado. A dinosaur stepped into mud, pushing down into earlier layers and creating this bulge.
Roof Lizard Lounge
An artist's conception of the renovated Best Western's "Roof Lizard Lounge" with a reproduction stegosaurus skeleton behind the bar.
The Best Western Southwest Denver is expected to reopen in April with its dinosaur theme.
Greg Tally, owner of the soon-to-be Dino Best Western, says he was inspired to create a dinosaur wonderland on a hike near Red Rocks, Colorado, with a friend.
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