Dinosaur Ridge is located just off of C-470 and Alameda, west of Denver. In 1877 several dinosaurs were discovered at Dinosaur Ridge, including Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus and Allosaurus, bringing international attention to the area and dinosaurs.
There are two trails and a visitor center at Dinosaur Ridge. The visitor center features information on trails and a small gift shop. There is also a Stegosaurus Snack Shack located outside the visitor center offering burritos, pretzels and more. It’s open from 10am-4pm Mon-Sat and 11am-4pm on Sun from June through August.
The park is part of the Morrison Fossil Area, which is National Natural Landmark. It was designated in 1973.
Self-guided, guided and shuttle bus tours are available year round. On both trails there are interpretive signs and displays informing visitors. Guided tours are only for groups who have registered in advance. Shuttle bus tours are available for $4 per person on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Dinosaur Ridge Trail – 15+ interpretive sites, 2 miles round trip, about 1-2 hours; Features hundreds of dinosaur tracks and a bone quarry. It’s accessible from the visitor center.
- Triceratops Trail – 6 interpretive sites, 1.5 miles round trip, 1 hour; Scenic trail located one block east of 6th avenue and 19th st in Golden. Highlights tracks, fossils and clay mining.
Address: 16831 W Alameda Pky, Morrison
Season: Year round
Pets: Yes, on leash