On the east side of the Ridge, just west of the C-470/Alameda interchange, is our Main Visitor Center. Our Main Visitor Center Complex is where you’ll begin your visit at Dinosaur Ridge. You will enjoy all that we have to offer on our 1.5-acre site. Here you will find our Main Gift Shop, our indoor Exhibit Hall Trek Through Time, as well as special dig areas for kids. The Main Visitor Center is also the launching point for our bus tours, and the closest area to the famed dinosaur tracksite.


At the Main Visitor Center you will find:

  • Hands on experiences. Find fossils in the Benton Seaway Box, uncover a dinosaur at Backyard Bones, visit our on-site dinosaur replicas, and try your hand at Sluice Mining.
  • Exhibits, both indoor and outdoor. Trek Through Time’s paleo-murals, our Triceratops skull, T-rex teeth, thumb spikes, and displays of fossils and bones.
  • The Main Gift Shop. Pick up maps for hiking, purchase shuttle bus tickets, tickets for Trek Through Time, souvenirs, and snacks.
  • The Stegosaurus Snack Shack. This seasonal snack bar with "grab and go" food options (granola bars, candy, water) is located at the Main Visitor Center.


Main Visitor Center Complex Hours:

Located at 16831 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465

  • Main Visitor Center Grounds (including picnic area and outdoor restrooms)
    • Monday-Saturday: 9 am-5 pm (summer) and 9 am-4 pm (winter)
    • Sunday: 10 am-5 pm (summer) and 10 am-4 pm (winter)


  • Trek Through Time exhibit hall (in the barn located behind the Gift Shop)
    • Monday-Saturday: 9:30 am-4:30 pm (summer) and 9:30 am-3:30 pm (winter)
    • Sunday: 10 am-4:30 pm (summer) and 10 am-3:30 pm (winter)


  • Main Visitor Center Gift Shop
    • Monday-Saturday: 9 am-5 pm (summer) and 9 am-4 pm (winter)
    • Sunday: 10 am-5 pm (summer) and 10 am-4 pm (winter)


  • "Stegosaurus Snack Shack"
    • Monday-Saturday: 10 am-2 pm every day from approximately June 1 to August 15.



Our hours change based upon the season:

Summer Season (May 1-October 31)

Winter Season (November 1-April 30)

ONLY $9/person

Our Adventure Pass includes access to both of our exhibit halls, Trek Through Time and The Discovery Center, and a guided shuttle bus tour of the Dinosaur Ridge Trail.

Kids age 3 and under are free!

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Use our Visit Planner to prepare for your adventure.

Our most popular attraction is the Dinosaur Ridge Trail, found at the top of this page.

Main Visitor Center Features

Trek Through Time is FODR’s indoor exhibit hall at our Main Visitor Center Complex on the east side of the Ridge. All our tracks and replica displays are for touching and exploring.


Kids love our dig areas. Enjoy a simulated dinosaur dig that teaches kids how paleontologists search for fossil evidence or sift for fossils and sharks’ teeth in our seaway fossil box.


Our Main Visitor Center Gift Shop is where you’ll purchase your bus tour tickets, pick up a map, get information, or grab a souvenir to remind you of your visit to Dinosaur Ridge.


16831 W Alameda Pkwy.

Morrison, CO 80465

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Open 7 Days A Week

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