Dinosaur Ridge ~ Morrison, Colorado

Dinosaur Ridge, which is located in Morrison, Colorado, takes visitors back in time – 150 million years – to a period when dinosaurs roamed the earth. A 1.5 mile trail includes 15 sites to view fossils, footprints, rocks, geological features, and more.

Dinosaur Ridge is part of the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark, designated a National Park site by the National Park Service in 1973. In 2001, Colorado designated the area as a State Natural Area. More than 300 footprints and 37 trackways have been identified in the sandstone and highlighted in chalk.

Dinosaur Ridge includes a visitor center, scenic overlooks, interpretive signs, an exhibit hall, shuttle bus tours, and a gift shop.

Dinosaur Ridge is open seven days a week, year-round, and admission is free. There is a nominal charge for the shuttle bus tours.

Fun Facts About Dinosaur Ridge:

  • Dinosaur Ridge was discovered by accident in 1937 when West Alameda parkway was being constructed.
  • Dinosaur Ridge’s Bone Quarry is one of the few sites in the world where dinosaur bones that have been fossilized in rocks can be seen and touched.
  • Each year, more than 100,000 people visit Dinosaur Ridge.
  • In 2009, USA Today featured Dinosaur Ridge as the outstanding free vacation venue in Colorado.

Location of Dinosaur Ridge:

Dinosaur Ridge is located at 16831 West Alameda Parkway, in Morrison, Colorado, near 6th Avenue and I-70.

Other tourist attractions in Morrison include: Bandimere Speedway, Tiny Town, and Red Rocks Park.
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