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16831 W Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465
Science & Nature Museum
Dinosaur Ridge Description
Driving through Morrison on I-465, 15 miles outside of Denver, you might do a double-take when spying something off the highway: footprints. Huge footprints. You've just spotted Dinosaur Ridge, an outdoor museum open from dawn to dusk, year-round, and sure to be a huge hit with your dinosaur fans. Those footprints are real, discovered in the 1930s during highway construction. Many other dinosaur fossils have been discovered here, including Brontosaurus and Stegosaurus (the Colorado state fossil).
School-Age Kids: Kids will get a big thrill comparing the size of their own feet to the dinosaur footprints. The bones and fossils of prehistoric insects and plants, etched into the scraped rock walls, will grab their attention, too.
- Book a guided tour. Call two weeks ahead for reservations.
- Dress for mountain weather. Basically, that means layering. Denver summers are hot and dry, but weather can quickly change to cold or rainy, so keep wind- and rain-proof jackets handy.
- Look for "Dinosaur Discovery Days." On a few Saturdays each year, the highway that runs along the ridge is closed to traffic but open to walking tours with volunteer guides; check the Website for dates during your visit.
Just the Facts
Hours: The Ridge is open from dawn to dusk. Visitor Center: May-Sept., Mon. -Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Oct.-April: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m.
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours
Reviews of Dinosaur Ridge
By TiffMichell April 28, 2010
What we loved:
The dinosaur footprints and embedded bones are amazing!
What we didn't love:
We would love to see more footprints so donate"
We are lucky enough to live close to Dinosaur Ridge so when we realized that we had nothing planned for today we hopped into the car and off we went! We havent been to Dinosaur Ridge in over a year but the whole way there my six year old couldnt stop talking about our previous trip. Because we have a two year old, a four year old and a six year old we take the guided bus tour. Its a steal at only $3/person 6 years old and older. Thats right, 5 years and under are free! The tour guide is great and the coolness factor for youngsters is upped a bit with the ride. Its hard to put into words how amazing it is to see an actual footprint of a dinosaur and know that once upon a time they walked the same places that we are. Read More