*Our guided daily bus tours are offered for the visiting public. For schools and groups of 12 or more people, see Self-Guided Tours (below) or School & Scheduled Bus Tours. Our 45-minute guided public bus tours of Dinosaur Ridge stop at the Dinosaur Bone Site, the Brontosaur Bulges, and the Dinosaur Tracksite, where our driver/guide will give brief talks and allow you to see and touch the fossils.
This 45-minute science-based tour is typically enjoyed most by guests ages 5 and up; however, some of our younger guests also enjoy it, as they may still enjoy putting their hands in the dinosaur tracks and touching dinosaur bones on our tours. You know your child best. They will definitely enjoy their time at our Visitor Center exploring our Backyard Bones: Cretaceous Crime Scene and Seaway Fossil Box.
During the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), buses run approximately every 20 minutes beginning at 10 am. During the winter season (Labor Day to Memorial Day), buses leave once per hour.
Purchase bus tickets at our Main Visitor Center gift shop. You will receive one ticket for your entire group with a bus departure time on it. Please arrive at our bus stop (in front of the Main Visitor Center Gift Shop) 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time. If you miss your scheduled departure, you must return to the gift shop to receive a new time.
The last bus leaves at 4 pm (May-October) and 3 pm (November-April). If you want to be guaranteed a space on one of our bus tours, you should arrive no later than 3:30 pm (summer) and 2:30 pm (winter). We always try to find space for our customers on bus tours if they arrive between 3:30 and 4 pm in the summer or 2:30 and 3 pm in the winter, but we cannot guarantee that. We will accommodate large groups (7 or more) and usually be able to put the whole group on the same bus, but depending on circumstances may not be able to put the whole group on the same bus. In addition, on rare occasions, the 3:30/2:30 pm deadline may be changed without notice due to extreme weather or other unusual circumstances.
Optional Return Walk: If you are interested in walking the Dinosaur Ridge Trail from the Dinosaur Bone Site back to the Visitor Center, (about a 1.5-mile hike that’s mostly downhill), your driver can give you information on the trip to the Bone Site and can get you started on your hike by pointing out the Dinosaur Bones and Brontosaur Bulges before you continue on your own.
If you are visiting with a group, please keep in mind:
Self-guided visitation is a popular way for families and small groups to explore the features at Dinosaur Ridge and Triceratops Trail. Admission to the Dinosaur Ridge Trail, Triceratops Trail (located in Golden, CO) the Main Visitor Center Gift Shop, and the Discovery Center is free of charge (Guided Bus Tour and Trek Through Time Exhibit Hall require a paid ticket). There are more than 15 interpretive sites on Dinosaur Ridge Trail and 6 interpretive sites along Triceratops Trail that you may visit during your walk along either trail. Dinosaur Ridge and Triceratops Trail are open from dawn to dusk. Stop in to our Main Visitor Center Gift Shop or our Discovery Center to pick up a free map for your self-guided walking tour. Click here for hours.
Self-Guided Group Scheduling: If you are bringing your family, or a group of 12 or fewer for a self-guided tour, you do not need to notify us ahead of time. If you are bringing a self-guided group with more than 12 people, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to our calednar (we will inform you if there is a conflict with other large groups or events on that date).
Parking for Self-guided groups: Groups of 12 people or less may park at either gate of the Dinosaur Ridge Trail, our Main Visitor Center, or our Discovery Center. If your group has more than 12 visitors, please park along Alameda Parkway just outside the Main Visitor Center entrance at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO, 80465, unless you are instructed otherwise.
If you belong to an educational or research institution and want to take a self-guided tour of Dinosaur Ridge in a vehicle (bus or otherwise), please contact email@example.com at least one week in advance to inquire about this possibility. In the event that we cannot allow vehicle access to the Ridge, you may park your institutional vehicle outside the Dinosaur Ridge gates to walk to the Dinosaur Ridge Trail. Off-trail exploration and collecting is strictly prohibited.