Erie Dinosaur Park – Erie, Kansas - Atlas Obscura

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Erie Dinosaur Park

Erie, Kansas

A Jurassic artscape composed of transmission casings and other mechanical parts.  


Whimsical dinosaurs made from car, truck, and farm machinery parts by Robert Dorris who was a nearby resident and a retired Air Force engineer. He once displayed the Jurassic creations at his residence which was known as The Not So National Dinosaur Park.

The park in Erie, Kansas, was created when his family donated the various sculptures after his death. There are about 17 of his dinosaur creations located around the park, complete with a meandering walkway to view them.

Spread throughout the bases are examples of rocks and various fossils to view. Figuring out what scrap pieces he used to create his larger-than-life art is a fun way to view the sculptures.

Know Before You Go

The park is only open to the public on the second Saturday and third Sunday of the month from 1-4 pm. It can also be opened by appointment. The sculptures are still fully visible even when the park is not open.

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