Dinosaur Ridge - Hiking

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One of the best family hikes in the country. Sure to capture the imaginations of children and adults alike... and of course Jurassic Park lovers.

Written by

Aaron Bible


2.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

11.1 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-2 Hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Self guided tours are free



The Dinosaur Ridge trail is maintained by the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge with more than a dozen relevant sites marked with interpretive signage. This area is great for hiking, running, photography, history and sightseeing.

What Makes It Great

An approximately two-mile round trip trail along the Dakota Hogback and what’s called Alameda Parkway (between Rooney Rd. North and CR 93) is the goal here, taking most folks a couple of hours to complete.

There’s even a shuttle that families or those with special needs can take to see the quarry. Visitors will witness dozens if not hundreds of dinosaur tracks, bones, fossils and other world-class geology just minutes from downtown.

Of course there’s plenty of other nature and activities nearby, so come prepared with sturdy shoes, weather protection, water, and a heads-up attitude to tackle this Front Range gem.

Who is Going to Love It

This has to be one of the best family hikes in the country, featuring resplendent views, short travel time, and actual giant dinosaur fossils all in a perfectly preserved and easy-to-access public park.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Visit the Dino Ridge website for a map and driving directions.


Dinosaur Ridge

16831 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO, 80465
39.689007, -105.190463

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