Dinosaur Ridge reopened our Main Visitor Center on Saturday, May 9.
You can safely roam and run, learn and debate, and enjoy a National Natural Landmark in Denver’s backyard. Learn more about our new protocols and processes.
New at Dinosaur Ridge
- We’ve added an online education portal for dinosaur-lovers of all ages to learn and explore.
- You can download our new Audio Tour and experience Dinosaur Ridge Trail on the trail, on your phone! And, even from your couch!
Guided Bus Tours
Expanded Programs – to accommodate the State’s new order and promote good public health.
- NEW: Private Bus Tours: A 45-minute guided tour of the Ridge and admission to exhibit hall. Masks are required on buses.
Mixed Group Tour –> 4-6 guests | $8 kids/$12 adults | daily
Small Group Private Tour –> 5-7 guests | $75 flat fee | to guarantee a reservation (call 303-697-3466 – 1-7 days before tour)
Large Group Private Tour –> 8-9 guests | $95 flat fee | to guarantee a reservation (call 303-697-3466 – 1-7 days before tour)
Audio Tour: A 2.5 mile, self-guided tour of the Ridge. | $6 per download to phone
- Guided Walks: COMING SOON
Hop On / Hop Off Shuttle –
The Hop On/Hop Off Shuttle is currently unavailable.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT will I see on a guided bus tour?
Guided bus tours feature stops at the Bones Bed, the Brontosaur Bulges, and the Dinosaur Track site. You will experience a brief talk at each site and see and touch the fossils.
Your tour includes a 45-60 minute educational experience typically enjoyed most by our guests ages five and up. Many younger guests also enjoy placing their hands in the dinosaur tracks and touching dinosaur bones on our tours.
Though our public tour buses are not available to school groups or other large tour groups, you can coordinate a scheduled tour for your group or school on weekdays.
WHEN can I get on a guided bus tour?
Dinosaur Ridge’s tours operate at different times depending upon the season. Use the chart below for information on our hours of operation and tour departure options.
|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|
How do I get on a public bus tour?
Purchase a bus ticket at our Main Visitor Center gift shop or outside sales stand. Then find your way to our bus stop 15 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. If you miss your scheduled departure, return to the gift shop to receive a new time.
To be guaranteed a seat on a Guided Bus tour, you should arrive no later than 3:30 pm (summer) and 2:30 pm (winter). On rare occasions, the 3:30/2:30 pm deadline may be changed without notice due to extreme weather or other unusual circumstances.
Can my whole group ride the same bus?
We currently offer a variety of guided tour bus options. To guarantee your group is together, consider reserving a scheduled group tour.
Can I walk?
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.
Can I take a self-guided tour?
Yes, self-guided visitation is a popular way for families and small groups to explore the features at Dinosaur Ridge and Triceratops Trail. We also offer a Guided Audio Tour that is $6 per download. Admission to the Dinosaur Ridge Trail, Triceratops Trail (located in Golden, CO), and the Main Visitor Center Gift Shop is free of charge. The Guided Bus Tour and Trek Through Time Exhibit Hall require a paid ticket. There are more than fifteen interpretive sites on Dinosaur Ridge Trail and six interpretive sites along Triceratops Trail that you may visit.
If you are bringing a group of 15 or fewer for a self-guided tour, you do not need to notify us ahead of time. For larger groups, please notify us of your plans to visit at least one week in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Review our hours of operation or read more about Dinosaur Ridge Trail and Triceratops Trail. For self-guided tours of Dinosaur Ridge, please park at the main Visitor Center located at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO, 80465, unless you are instructed otherwise.
|WALKING DISTANCES AT DINOSUAR RIDGE|
|Distance from Main Visitor Center Gift Shop (rounded to nearest .1 mile)||Distance from Main Visitor Center Gift Shop (rounded to nearest 0.1 km)||Distance from East Gate [Entrance to closed section of Alameda Pkwy] (rounded to nearest .1 mile)||Distance from East Gate [Entrance to closed section of Alameda Pkwy] (rounded to nearest 0.1 km)|
|VC Gift Shop Building||0||0||-0.03||-0.4|
|Exit to Alameda||0.1||0.1||-0.1||-0.1|
|DC Gift Shop Building||1.5||2.5||1.3||2|
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.