KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Things to bring:
- Water, jacket, hat, sunscreen, and snacks.
- Good walking shoes. Your camera. Your friends or family.
- The desire to learn about the creatures that walked the earth millions of years ago.
Location, Hours, and Prices:
- Main Visitor Center (16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison): EAST SIDE
- Discovery Center (17681 W. Alameda Parkway, Golden): WEST SIDE
- Hours: Our grounds, museums, and bus tours operate at varying times depending on the time of year. Please click here for all of the details.
- Guided Bus Tour Prices: $11/adult (12+); $8/youth (3-11) includes a 45-minute guided bus tour on Dinosaur Ridge and admission to Trek Through Time, our indoor exhibit hall. Children ages 2 and under are always free at Dinosaur Ridge.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets can be purchased in our Main Gift Shop. Be sure to make the Gift Shop your first stop when you arrive.
- Hop on/Hop off Shuttle: $6/adult (12+); $4/youth (3-11), includes access to our exhibit hall. The Hop on/Hop off Shuttle tickets can be purchased online and in the Main Gift Shop. The Shuttle runs does a continuous loop from the Main Visitor Center up and around Dinosaur Ridge Trail and back. Starting in October, the Shuttle will only run Saturday and Sunday. In December and early January, the Shuttle will run only on December 21-22, December 27-29 and Janurary 3-5.
- We offer active military a 50% discount on bus tours and 10% off in our gift shops. Veterans receive 10% off of bus tours and in our gift shops. Discounts are for immediate family.
- Strollers are available to rent ($5 for 3 hours) at the Main Gift Shop on the east side of the Ridge. We have a limited number of strollers, so it’s always good to bring your own if you can.
- Last guaranteed bus ticket is sold at 3:30 PM (summer season) or 2:30 PM (winter season). If you arrive after these times, you will likely be able to purchase a tour ticket, but we cannot absolutely guarantee availability.
- Thanksgiving Day: All Day
- Christmas Day (December 25): All Day
- New Year’s Day (January 1): All Day
- During snowy or severe weather, some of our sites may be inaccessible or our tour buses might not be running. If in doubt, give us a call at 303-697-3466 after 9 AM to confirm we are open.
- Group Visits? Click here for more information.
- School Visits? Click here for more information.
- Research Visits? Click here for more information.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Enter our main parking lot at the front gate at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. Look for the iron Dinosaur Ridge sign with the dinosaur greeting you.
- When you pull through the gate, you will see parking on your right.
- Restrooms are located in the cinder block building on the east side of the parking lot.
- Find everything you need to start your day in our gift shop: maps, tickets, information, stroller rental.
WHAT TO DO
Step 1: Head to our gift shop (Just past the “Bus Stop”). You can follow the yellow dinosaur footprints to the front door.
Step 2: Discuss your day with our gift shop staff.
Do you want to:
Our world-famous Bones Bed, Crocodile Creek, Dinosaur Track site, and Brontosaur Bulges are located on Dinosaur Ridge (the closed section of W. Alameda Parkway southwest of our Main Visitor Center)
You have several options to get there:
- Purchase a Guided Tour Bus ticket and board the bus at the Bus Stop just in front of the Main Visitor Center Gift Shop. Please arrive at the bus stop 15 minutes before your designated time. Your bus tour will be a 45-60 minute guided tour with stops at most of our main attractions. Click here for information on bus tour times. PLEASE NOTE: Buses only leave from the Main Visitor Center Bus Stop.
- Take the Hop on / Hop off Shuttle. The Shuttle runs from the Main Visitor Center Bus Stop and does a continuous loop from the Main Visitor Center up and around Dinosaur Ridge Trail. Shuttle tickets can be purchased online. Starting in October, the Shuttle will only run Saturday and Sunday. In December and early January, the Shuttle will run only on December 21-22, December 27-29, and Janurary 3-5.
- Walk from our visitor center in the pedestrian lane along W. Alameda Parkway to the East Gate to begin a 1.4-mile walk along the paved road. At the curve, head down the west side of the ridge.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are walking, our tour buses cannot pick you up. Be prepared for 3 miles round-trip with an uphill climb for half of your journey. You might also find a parking spot on the shoulder of Alameda Parkway close to the East Gate.
|WALKING DISTANCES AT DINOSUAR RIDGE|
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|DC Gift Shop Building||1.5||2.5||1.3||2|
THINGS TO REMEMBER AT DINOSAUR RIDGE
- We are an outdoor museum. This means that our fossils, bones, and you are exposed to the elements. Please bring a jacket, a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
- Climbing is NOT permitted except in designated areas.
- Collecting is NOT permitted.
- In warm weather months, be mindful of rattlesnakes on the trail and in the surrounding areas. Stay far away from the snake and do not agitate it. Always keep your dogs leashed.
- Water and soda are available for purchase in our Main Visitor Center Gift Shop.
- We do not have an on-site restaurant. During the summer you can visit our Stegosaurus Snack Shack for granola bars, candy, and other snacks, but we recommended bringing your own lunch or snacks.
- Please deposit all trash in designated trash and recycling bins.
- There are port-o-lets located on the east side of the Ridge uphill from the main track site).
- Hiking trail – Jefferson County Open Space maintains a trail on top of the Ridge.
- Take advantage of our interpretive signs along the Ridge to learn about the paleontology, geology, and natural history of Dinosaur Ridge and Colorado.
- Although the Ridge is closed to vehicular traffic, we have many cyclists who enjoy Dinosaur Ridge along with our pedestrian walkers. Please stay in the walking lane—the side closest to the Ridge during your journey.
- Our indoor exhibit hall, Trek Through Time, is located in our historic Barn building, located behind (north) of the Gift Shop. Purchase a ticket in our Gift Shop for admittance to Trek Through Time. Our volunteer docents love sharing their knowledge with our visitors.
- We also have a complimentary interpretive center and gift shop at our Discovery Center (on the west side of Dinosaur Ridge, near Red Rocks Entrance Gate #1).
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO AT DINOSAUR RIDGE?
- Enjoy a picnic on our grounds.
- Purchase a souvenir in one of our Gift Shops.
- Sluice Mining
- Sift for fossils in the Benton Seaway Box.
- Uncover a Dinosaur in our Backyard Bones area.
HOW CAN I REMEMBER MY VISIT?
- Take lots of pictures. You can post them with the hashtag #DinoRidge and join a group of thousands who have commemorated their visit.
- Purchase a souvenir in one of our Gift Shops. We have t-shirts, stuffed animals, rocks, fossils, and much more.
- Become a member of Dinosaur Ridge. Purchase a membership and enjoy discounts in the Gift Shop, invitations to special events, and more.
- Become a volunteer at Dinosaur Ridge. Learn more about volunteering and get involved today.