*The buses are for the visiting public, not school groups or other tour groups with reservations.
Our guided bus tours are available for 45-minute tours of Dinosaur Ridge. Your driver/guide will stop at the Dinosaur Bone Site, the Brontosaur Bulges, and the Dinosaur Tracksite where you can hear a brief talk and see and touch the fossils.
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.
When you arrive, head to our gift shop to purchase bus tickets. 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.
If you decide to walk 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.
There are no minimum group sizes for Dinosaur Ridge. Everyone is welcome!
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) and the Main Visitor Center Gift Shop 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.
If you are bringing your family, or a group of 15 or fewer for a self-guided tour, you do not need to notify us ahead of time. Dinosaur Ridge and Triceratops Trail are open from sun-up to sun-down. Stop in to our Main Visitor Center Gift Shop or the Discovery Center to pick up a free map for your self-guided walking tour. Click here for hours or here for more information about Dinosaur Ridge Trail and Triceratops Trail.
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 call at least one week ahead to make reservations. We cannot always guarantee vehicle access to the Ridge but will make every attempt possible to allow access. If we cannot allow your vehicle on the Ridge, then your institutional vehicle will still be able to park outside Dinosaur Ridge’s gate and your group may walk on Dinosaur Ridge.