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The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is a not for profit 501C3 organization that maintains a Visitor Center and two interpretive trails with the help of members, friends, family, donors, and many grant giving organizations.

With the closure of Alameda Parkway over the Ridge and the opening of the Trek Through Time indoor exhibit hall in 2008, The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge offers a family-friendly Visitor Center and trail for groups of all ages.

The following information centers around The Friends, our mission, various discoveries that put Dinosaur Ridge on the map, and ways to contribute.

For more information on becoming a member, a donor, or giving a one-time donation, please visit our Membership Section and/or PayPal Donations Page.

Visitor Center and Classroom

Photo by Joe Than

 This area has been used by several generations of earth science teachers as an outdoor geology laboratory for students of all ages, and it has received several distinctive honors:

  • In 1973, the National Park Service designated this area as the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark, in recognition of its uniqueness and its historical and scientific significance. 
  • In 2001, the State of Colorado designated it a State Natural Area for its paleontological and ecological significance.
  • In 2006, the Colorado Geological Survey designated both Dinosaur Ridge and Triceratops Trail as Points of Geological Interest.
  • Also in 2009, USA Today recognized Dinosaur Ridge as the outstanding free vacation venue in Colorado.  

In 1989, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge formed in order to address increasing concerns  about the preservation of the site and to educate the public about the area's resources.  In 1994, the Friends began renovating a house and barn on the historic Rooney Ranch to create the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center.  Today, the former ranch house has become a gift shop offering many attractive and educational items related to dinosaurs and geology, and the barn now hosts an educational exhibit, Trek Through Time, where visitors may orient themselves to the natural history of this area before or after their visit to the fossil sites.   Every year Dinosaur Ridge and Triceratops Trail are destinations for close to 100,000 dinosaur enthusiasts, earth scientists, students of all ages, and nature lovers.

Public Documents

The following documents are available for public viewing and/or downloading. Right click and select "save as..." to download to your computer.

List of the Board of Directors (MS Word Document)
Form 990 from the IRS for 2015 (PDF)
Privacy Policy (PDF)
2013 Bylaws (PDF)

Here's what you can find in this section:

Dinosaur Ridge - 16831 W Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, CO 80465 - 303-697-3466
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