Dinosaur Ridge, located in Jefferson County, Colorado, near the town of Morrison and just west of Denver, is a segment of the Dakota Hogback in the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark. This area is renowned for its rich history and unique geological features, making it a popular destination for tourists and dinosaur enthusiasts alike.
Fossil excavation at Dinosaur Ridge began in 1877 under the direction of paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh. The site is famous for the discovery of some of the best-known dinosaurs, including Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, and Allosaurus. These findings have significantly contributed to our understanding of these prehistoric creatures.
The Dinosaur Ridge site features an Exhibit Hall with displays about the dinosaurs found at the site. In addition to this, Dinosaur Ridge has interpretive signs at trail locations that provide information about the local geology, a volcanic ash bed, trace fossils, paleo-ecology, and the economic development of coal, oil, and clay. These features offer visitors a comprehensive understanding of the site's geologic and paleontological significance.
Nature & Natural History
MAY 1 – OCTOBER 31
Monday - Sunday: 9am-5pm
NOVEMBER 1 – APRIL 30
Monday - Sunday: 9am-4pm
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West Alameda Parkway 17681, Lakewood
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