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Dinosaur Ridge
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy
Morrison
CO
80465
Tel: 303 697 3466

Where are we going today?

It's pretty amazing to think that at one stage, millions of years ago, there were actually these huge creatures roaming the earth - right where you're standing!

Well, at Dinosaur Ridge, you can imagine them roaming once again! There are exhibits to learn all about these amazing creatures, trails to explore ancient Colorado, and footprints that you can actually touch! 

Dinosaur Ridge is comprised of an informative Visitor Center and two interpretive trails, which are very family friendly and perfect for all ages!

The Visitor Center is the best place to start your prehistoric adventure, as there is a gift shop, exhibits and a simulated dinosaur dig. One of these exhibits is the Trek Through Time, which lets you  picture what the world would have been like through informative and impressive murals and maps. 

In this exhibit, there are actual fossils too, including bones, plants and footprints from the very area you are standing! There are even full-size replica displays!

Kids in particular LOVE this exhibit as there are plenty of hands-on experiences, where kids can learn how footprints are preserved, and how layers of rock form. Kids can poke, prod, and touch! The best way to learn!

Then, you can get out and experience Dinosaur Ridge! The self-guided tours are the best ways for families to experience the site. There are interpretive sites along the way, and you can pick up extra materials like activity booklets (for an extra cost) to help with your experience!

There are Shuttle Bus Tours available on a first come first serve basis, with hourly boarding, whcih takes you on a 40 minute guided tour of the ridge. Great for all ages, and great to get all those questions answered!

SO much history has happened right under your feet - so get ready to learn all about it! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTrek exhibit: $3 / Shuttle Bus Tours $6
  • ChildrenSame as adult. Other elements / activities have small additional costs
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Visitor Center: 9am - 5pm Mon to Sat, 10am - 5pm Sun . 4pm close Winter

All year round.

Teachers corner

There are plenty of guided tour options, as well as dinosaur digs for you to excite the students!.

I'm Hungry!

There is a snack shack outside the gift shop where you can get yummy food, from burritos, pretzels to granola bars!.

Healthy Eating!

You can pick up bottled water in the Snack Shack. .

Any Top Tips?

Have a look at all the tour and add on options when you first arrive so you can pick what's best for you .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call to discuss what help they can give you .

Can I get one of those?

There certainly is a gift shop and it's FILLED with fun dinosaur items - as well as rocks and crystals. .

More information

The Shuttle Bus Tours depart every 30 minutes in summer, and every half hour in winter, between 10am - 4pm (3pm in winter).

What people are saying?

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    This is a really fun place to come with kids that are walking age. They have a chance to take a nice long walk and go see some dinosaur tracks as well as some dinosaur bones if they're up for it!

    Of course there's always the tour bus as well so it makes it easy to be able to see all the sites and have a fun time without getting too tired.

    The gift shop is nice and it has lots of distracting and entertaining things for the kids to look at and play with.

    It seems like the staff is a hodgepodge of some folks who love being there and some folks...Read More

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    Yea pretty fun. Good for kids. For family of 4 expect to spend $40 ish to do it all. Money is for good cause though I guess. TJ was our bus guide. He was awesome.

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    If you take the self-guided walking tour, it's a bit of a hike, so wear your walking shoes. Wonderful, enthusiastic guides for the guided tour. Lots of interesting information and beautiful sights. Wonderful views of Red Rocks Amphitheater. Loved it.

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    Loved it!!!!!! Tour guide TJ is amazing, funny, smart and friendly. Also the sights are very interesting.

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    I took our 5 1/2 year old and our 3 year old up to Dinosaur Ridge and we took the bus tour. TJ, the tour guide, was fantastic. He was excited about what he was explaining to us and took time to answer our questions.
    In response to another person who posted here and gave this place a a one star review:
    1)They don't really spray paint ("deface") the dino tracks; it's charcoal :)
    2)The signage is there to protect a pretty fragile surface; it's all sedimentary rock). If you take the tour, they encourage you to climb up on some areas and to touch...Read More

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by Christian M. Macy

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This is a really fun place to come with kids that are walking age. They have a chance to take a nice long walk and go see some dinosaur tracks as well as some dinosaur bones if they're up for it!

Of course there's always the tour bus as well so it makes it easy to be able to see all the sites and have a fun time without getting too tired.

The gift shop is nice and it has lots of distracting and entertaining things for the kids to look at and play with.

It seems like the staff is a hodgepodge of some folks who love being there and some folks who can't imagine standing another minute of it. But the ones who love being there make it totally worth it!

I would definitely recommend coming with the expectation of taking a nice long walk with your family. It's a great way to spend a couple of hours together!

by Aaron Johnson

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I took our 5 1/2 year old and our 3 year old up to Dinosaur Ridge and we took the bus tour. TJ, the tour guide, was fantastic. He was excited about what he was explaining to us and took time to answer our questions.
In response to another person who posted here and gave this place a a one star review:
1)They don't really spray paint ("deface") the dino tracks; it's charcoal :)
2)The signage is there to protect a pretty fragile surface; it's all sedimentary rock). If you take the tour, they encourage you to climb up on some areas and to touch the surface of fossils and prints. Our kids loved it.
3) When you bring your kids to any museum or interpretive thing that deals with dinosaurs, you're just going to have to assume that you're going to get the evolution spin on things. Expect it, and if it goes against your beliefs simply talk with your kids about the different views. We are all ultimately responsible for our own learning.

I should note a couple other things great for kiddos, especially if you are on vacation.
1) There is a "dinosaur dig" area in the shade by the visitor center/ gift shop
2) The gift shop is really well stocked and educational. The prices are pretty fair, too.

Finally, it's a non-profit, and I know these places always struggle to both get funding and use their limited resources well. If it were a privatized thing or had an endowment, I'd probably give it a 4 or 4.5, but for the type of organization it is, I'd give it 5. Go visit and throw some support their way.

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