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.