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. Take a 360 degree virtual tour of the Main Visitor Center Grounds so you know what to expect.
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, iguanodon 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:
|Visitor Center (Gift Shop)||Guided Bus Tours Departures||Trek Through Time||Stegosaurus Snack Shack|
|Memorial Day to Labor Day||9:30am-4pm, every 20 minutes|
|Labor Day to Memorial Day||9:30am-3pm, one per hour|
|May through October||9am-5pm, Monday-Saturday|
|November through April||9am-4pm, Monday-Saturday|
|Approximately June 1 to August 15||10am-3pm|
Main Visitor Center Features
Trek Through Time is the indoor exhibit hall at our Main Visitor Center Complex on the east side of the Ridge. Many of 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 shark 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, obtain information, or find a souvenir to remind you of your visit to Dinosaur Ridge.