Apple Valley, California: Concrete DinosaursConcrete dinosaurs, created around 1970, slowly deteriorate in the desert.
- Cahuila Rd, Apple Valley, CA
- On the south side of Cahuila Rd, about a quarter mile east from Central Rd. Walk the dirt road back to the dinosaurs.
- Private property; ask permission if possible.
Visitor Tips and News About Concrete Dinosaurs
These are pretty neat. It looks like there were somewhere around thirty dinosaurs of all sizes at one point. Now only a few are standing completely, among the skeletons of the rest. This site is surrounded by houses and the houses have dogs. I did not see any no trespassing signs, but it was like I was in someone's backyard, which felt a bit strange.[Jessica Katharsys, 01/28/2016]
My family used to live in the house that sits next to these dinosaurs -- they were our backyard. It was in 1983 to 1986...I was like 12 or 13. We had so much amazing fun and adventures with those dinosaurs that will always hold a special place in my heart and memories. I am sad to see that they are continuing to deteriorate, but am amazed they are even still there...WOW![Erin, 06/10/2010]
I am an often visitor of the Apple Valley Dinosaurs. Unfortunately, little by little, these beautiful statues are starting to deteriorate. I am fascinated by these huge statues, made out of chicken wire steel rods and concrete! What once looked to be a miniature golf course is now a dino graveyard overrun with brush.
I have read what Gregory L. Wicker has written about when he helped build these creatures, but my question is: why? Was it for someone's children? Was Lonnie Coffman a dinosaur enthusiast? Would Mr. Wicker or anyone out there happen to have old pictures of how it all looked in its prime? I would love to hear how it all started and I'm sure anyone interested in going to see this attraction would be motivated by the history behind these cleverly built dinosaurs.[Angelina Guardado, 07/03/2008]
I am one of the poor souls who helped create these dinosaurs, circa 1970. At the time I did not have the foresight to recognize they or I would be part of Americana.
The creator, Lonnie Coffman, allowed my wife and I to work off part of our $65 a month rent creating his dream. He originally wanted it to be a miniature golf course. I was in the Air Force at the time, making $190 a month. We have made a few trips back since then and are always amazed it still stands today. Lonnie has a special place in our hearts and memories.[Gregory L. Wicker, 07/02/2006]
I love these dinosaurs! I think they look so cool. One of them has bees in its mouth, so look out. There are missing limbs/heads on some too. Be mindful as they are on someone's property.[Erin, 06/21/2006]
Oct. 2006: Photo added.