Medicine Bow in the News


Medicine Bow music teacher sings, plays, motivates - By Christine Peterson, Star-Tribune, Sunday, May 20, 2012


Medicine Bow Resident Tries to Raise Interest in Old Airport - Zachary Laux, Rawlins Daily Times, May 4, 2012


Wyoming coal-to-gasoline plant gets fuel buyer, Jeremy Fugleberg Star-Tribune energy reporter, Thursday, December 1, 2011


Virginian Hotel in Wyoming celebrates 100th anniversary - By the Star-Tribune staff, Friday, September 30, 2011


Man's quirky art could be what the small town needs - By Christine Peterson Star-Tribune staff writer, Sunday, July 17, 2011



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Como Bluff

Located approximately 10 miles East of Medicine Bow lies one of the world's most renowned dinosaur fossil sites. (The original dig site is not the Dinosaur Fossil Cabin Museum, rather the dig site on the ridge behind, where historical dinosaur fossils were found.) Discovered by personnel who worked for the nearby Union Pacific Railroad and first excavated in 1878 the site yielded the remains of over a dozen different species of these fascinating creatures. The giant Diplodocus, the largest animal ever unearthed until recently, was removed from the Como Bluff site. Its huge skeleton stands today in the New York Museum of Natural History. The Diplodocus was 72 feet long, 22 feet high and estimated to weigh between 50 and 70 tons. Once discovered, paleontologists from around the world descended upon the high Wyoming plain to recover and reclaim bones from dozens of giant reptiles which had lay hidden for 50 million years. Excavations resulted in 26 new species of Dinosaur, many with complete or nearly complete skeletons, and 45 new species of Jurassic mammals. The site became know as the Dinosaur Graveyard because of the number and variety of fossils in the area. Skeletons from Como Bluff reside in museums around the world.

The dig sites are obscured by over 100 years of Wyoming wind and weather, but the general area can be seen from the County Road nearby. Visitors are urged not to attempt to drive off of the County Road unless they have permission from the nearby landowner and also for their own safety. This is a primitive, unimproved area and home to the Diamondback Rattlesnake.

The Como Bluff dig site is currently closed to the public. We are currently working to have this area reopened, and will list any changes here.


Fossil 1

Fossil 2


 Nearby the site, the Como Bluff Fossil Cabin Museum sits alongside of U.S. Highway 30 and is an ideal stop for the traveler who wishes to learn more about the early Como Bluff excavations. The Fossil Cabin Museum is unique in itself, as it is the only building in the world constructed entirely of Dinosaur Bone. (See Fossil Cabin Museum page). Be sure and make this stop a part of your itinerary when traveling southern Wyoming - even if the museum is not open, the cabin is worth stopping to look at.


Como Bluff in Winter


Como Bluff as seen from a ranch road on the Medicine Bow side of the Bluff, during a recent winter.