World’s Biggest Dinosaurs – Cabazon

Jurassic Park…Just Off The Highway

P1040813World’s Biggest Dinosaurs

If you have ever driven from Los Angeles to the Palm Springs/Indio area in the lower desert, you might have noticed some prehistoric characters (and they’re not the Rolling Stones) lurking just to the north of Interstate 10 in Cabazon. These are the brainchild of a Knotts Berry Farm sculptor and portrait artist, Claude Bell.  He built these to attract customers to his Wheel Inn Cafe, which opened in 1958.

P1040815Dinny, the first of the Cabazon dinosaurs, was started in 1964 and created over a span of 11 years.  He created Dinny out of spare material salvaged from the construction of nearby Interstate 10 at a cost of $300,000. There is actually a small museum in Dinny’s belly that still sells souvenirs.

P1040817
The second dinosaur named Mr. Rex was constructed near Dinny in 1981. Mr. Rex was supposed to have a slide, but Bell died before it was completed. Other dinosaurs were on the drawing board, but never came to fruition. These dinosaurs have been featured in television commercials and in the movie, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

P1040814

There is an admission charge to go inside the T-Rex ands wander around the grounds that have a few smaller dinosaurs “wandering” the property, but I felt a drive-through was more than sufficient. Maybe next time I go by, I’ll splurge.

P1040816
World’s Biggest Dinosaurs-Cabazon Dinosaurs
Main Street & Highway 10
50770 Seminole Dr
Cabazon, CA 92230-2304
(13 miles west of Palm Springs)
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $7.95 Adults and $6.95 Children  •  Free just to walk around
951.922.0076
www.cabazondinosaurs.com

Comments are closed.