California’s Roadside Attraction – The Cabazon Dinosaurs

Huell Howser said “If there was ever a California roadside attraction, this is it. The dinosaurs.” We couldn’t agree more.

The huge dinosaurs just off Interstate 10 in Cabazon, CA (west of Palm Springs) have been a roadside fixture since 1975. The location includes two large dinosaurs, gift shops, a Waffle Saurus food truck, and a dinosaur park called Mr. Rex’s Dinosaur Adventure.

The dinosaurs were created by Claude Bell, who designed a lot of the statutes that are still at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park to this day. He created the dinosaurs to help bring traffic to his diner, The Wheel Inn. After Bell died in 1988 his family sold the property and it was a creationist museum for a time. There are still some traces, as it is still owned by the same company, but the stuff that goes against currently accepted science has been removed.

The dinosaurs have been featured in quite a few movies and TV shows, such as Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and The Wizard. The Cabazon Dinosaurs are a must stop location and something both kids and adults will enjoy checking out. If you like roadside attractions, you’ll love the Cabazon Dinosaurs.

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