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Images: Colorado's Dino-Utopia

Dino Hotel

Dinosaur hotel theme

(Image credit: Artist: Cynthia Stipeche)

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.

Dinosaur Ridge

Sauropod footprints at Dinosaur Ridge

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The hotel is just minutes away from Dinosaur Ridge, a site which preserves the footprints of a herd of long-necked sauropod dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Prints

Dinosaur ridge footprints

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A close-up of sauropod prints on Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado.

Dinosaur Imprint

Dinosaur footprint in profile.

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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

Best Western hotel mockup

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An artist's conception of the renovated Best Western's "Roof Lizard Lounge" with a reproduction stegosaurus skeleton behind the bar.

Hotel Museum

Best Western hotel mockup

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The Best Western Southwest Denver is expected to reopen in April with its dinosaur theme.

Greg Tally

Greg Tally Colorado foothills

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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.

Stephanie Pappas
Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.