Dinosaur Ridge Tours and Activities
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Dinosaurs once roamed the earth, and they once walked the ground in Colorado. We only know this from the dinosaur bones, tracks, and marks left behind at Dinosaur Ridge, just west of Denver. Known as one of the most famous sites where dinosaur bones have been discovered, they were first unearthed in 1877 by a local professor. Their display increased public interest in dinosaurs and prehistory, sparking excavations throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Later, in 1937, dinosaur tracks from the Early Cretaceous Period were found.
These steps can now be traced on the Triceratops Trail, a half-mile journey through fossils and imprints as much as 68 million years old. There’s also a Dinosaur Ridge Trail which, at 2 miles roundtrip, circles through the rocky landscapes of dinosaur tracks and bones.
The Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center is also worth a stop to learn a bit more about the area and the dinosaurs past. You can learn as the excavation process as well with an interactive simulated dinosaur dig.
From Morrison, CO you can find Dinosaur Ridge west of the Alameda Parkway exit off C-470. You can get directions to the trailheads from the Discovery Center located at 17681 W Alameda Pkwy. Guided shuttle tours of the area cost $6 per person, and entrance to the indoor exhibits is $2.
Address: 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, Colorado, USA
Hours: Mon-Sat from 9am - 5 pm, Sun from 12-5pm
Admission: $2 for exhibits
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Dinosaur Ridge
First-time visitors to Denver appreciate this opportunity to escape the city for a few hours to see key attractions in the foothills. Let a professional do the driving on mountain byways, while you sit back and take in the sights. Sample from local breweries or shop in Golden's historic downtown; enjoy great views from the top of Lookout Mountain; spot buffalo as they graze along the highway. Snacks and bottled water are included on this small-group tour.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Dinosaur Ridge hours of operation?
Dinosaur Ridge hours of operation: Mon-Sat from 9am - 5 pm, Sun from 12-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Dinosaur Ridge?
The best ways to experience Dinosaur Ridge are:See all Dinosaur Ridge experiences on Viator.
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