Jurassic Era Animatronic Dinosaurs Roar Into West El Paso Mall
Attention fellow dino nerds, Sunland Park Mall is being overrun by giant lizards this week. Lizards from the Jurassic era, that is.
The national touring exhibition Jurassic Empire has transformed a section of the mall into a prehistoric world. A trip there this Thursday through Sunday will take you back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Dinosaurs Once Roamed Our Area, Too
Sunland Park Mall is actually quite an appropriate place to have the dino attraction because dinosaurs used to call what is now Sunland Park, New Mexico home some 80 million to 100 million years ago.
The Crocodile-like creatures straight out of the Cretaceous period left behind acres and acres of fossilized dinosaur tracks and giant fossil beds around Mount Cristo Rey.
The prehistoric impressions, including massive track ways where I’m told it looks as though a herd of dinosaurs passed through, was discovered by a UTEP geology student in 2002.
3 Things about Dinosaurs You Didn't Learn in School
• Not all of them were killed by a meteor or global warming. Some were taxed to death by city government.
• Most dinosaurs were vegetarians. And just like most vegetarians, they wouldn't shut up about it.
• There was a little-known species known as the "Kardashasaurus" that spent all its free time mating and posting sexy selfies.
The company describes the attraction taking place at Sunland Park Mall as an interactive exhibit that features over 50 life-size realistic-looking dinosaurs as well as a fossil dig area, 9 virtual reality rides, and a 12-foot animatronic T-Rex and Triceratops kids can ride.
Jurassic Empire is being held inside the mall from Thursday, July 21, to Sunday, July 24.
Unlike the last time it was in town, this is a walk-through and not a drive-through. Per the event website, it takes "anywhere from 20 minutes to more than 1 hour depending on how much time you spend next to each dinosaur."
Tickets can only be purchased online.