Dinosaur Ridge

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Hundreds of dinosaur footprints and fossils line walking trails, just a short drive from Denver.

Dinosaur Ridge is one of the world’s foremost collections of natural dinosaur tracks and fossils, most of which were discovered in the late 1800s. This ridge 23 miles (37 kilometers) west of Denver became the site of numerous archaeological digs, which uncovered a treasure trove of prehistoric fossils, footprints and bones. It wasn’t until 1973 that the area became a National Natural Landmark. Today thousands of visitors come here annually to marvel at evidence of creatures that roamed the earth long before humans.

During sunlight hours it’s possible to stroll, bike or catch a ride in the shuttle on trails that run through current excavation sites and exposed fossils. Dinosaur tracks sit atop layers of sand and mudstone. The pads of the toes and patterns of migration are seen in over 300 footprints and 37 trackways. Place your hand or foot within one of the prints and you’ll get an idea of just how big these prehistoric creatures were.

Guided tours are available daily but need to be booked at least two weeks in advance. Alternatively, pick up a guide book from the information center or stop to read interpretive signs dotted along the way. These explain the paleontological and geological history of the area.

Set aside a couple of hours to get the most out of this natural national landmark. At the entrance to the site, along with the information center, you’ll find the Dinosaur Ridge Exhibit Hall, which has informative displays about the dinosaurs found at the site. The park’s open year-round. Come on a Saturday between May and October to catch out Dinosaur Discovery Days, free events for all ages. (Check the website for events and dates).

Dinosaur Ridge is located near Morrison, along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. There are bus tours through travel agencies in Denver, or go by car. Free parking is available.

Top Hotels Close to Dinosaur Ridge

Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18485 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
The price is ¥12,175 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Situated in a state park, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Dinosaur Ridge and within 6 mi (10 km) of Red Rocks Amphitheater and Colorado Mills Mall. Colorado ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,437 reviews)
"Loved the view. Pillows were aweful. Everything else was great."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Golden, CO
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Red Rocks Amphitheater, Dinosaur Ridge, and Red Rocks Park. Colorado Mills Mall and Colorado School ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
Great
"Best part of my trip"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Golden, CO
This family-friendly Golden vacation home is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Red Rocks Amphitheater, Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rocks Park. Colorado ...
5/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Beautiful historic home
"Easy check in great host perfect location"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden
Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden
2.5 out of 5
17150 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
The price is ¥9,822 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden
Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18485 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
The price is ¥12,175 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Origin Red Rocks, a Wyndham Hotel
Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Golden, CO
Camping site , YURT, near Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Golden, CO
Mt. Vernon Ranch House , Red Rocks, Ski Resorts
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden - Denver Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden - Denver Area, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
17140 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO
The price is ¥12,391 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden - Denver Area, an IHG Hotel
Cliff House Lodge B&B
Cliff House Lodge B&B
3.5 out of 5
121 Stone Street, Morrison, CO
The price is ¥13,581 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Cliff House Lodge B&B
Relaxing Escape Complete With Home Theater and BBQ
Relaxing Escape Complete With Home Theater and BBQ
3.5 out of 5
2519 S Eldridge St, US, Lakewood, CO
Relaxing Escape Complete With Home Theater and BBQ
Relaxing Escape Complete with Home Theater and BBQ
Relaxing Escape Complete with Home Theater and BBQ
Lakewood, CO
Relaxing Escape Complete with Home Theater and BBQ
Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
3 out of 5
15059 West Colfax Avenue, Golden, CO
The price is ¥10,118 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Aiden by Best Western @ Denver West/Golden
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.