Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison (always free)
This park in Morrison, Colorado (southwest of Golden) is really an outdoor museum, where you can hike or drive as you examine evidence of Dinosaur activity in Colorado. One of the popular Colorado attractions for kids.
The kids will love the Dinosaur footprints and other information along the ridge at the various driving stops. There is also a ridgetop hike that is beautiful and interesting, and you can link the hike up with the trails at Red Rocks if you want a longer excursion. Dinosaur Ridge hosts many events throughout the year.
16831 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison, Colorado. Map
Reptile Day (August 10)
Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for their free Reptile Day. Special guests include the Denver Zoo, Wild Wings, the Morrison Natural History Museum, Canyon Critters, and Mr. Bones. In addition to live reptiles from the Denver Zoo, MNHM, and Canyon Critters, Wild Wings will show live raptors, owls, and hawks, relatives of the meat eating dinosaurs.
Rockhounding activities such as gold panning, metal detecting, fossil sifting, geode cracking, and dinosaur track painting will be at the Visitor Center. A scavenger hunt and Mr. Bones will add to the fun. On the Trail: Guides point out dinosaur evidence at several sites. Hike the trail free or take an optional shuttle bus for $4 (3 & under ride free).
Reptile Day Hours: 10am - 2pm.
Reptile Day Location: Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center at C470 and Alameda Parkway.