Starting in 1937, the area now known as Dinosaur Ridge was uncovered during routine construction and has since become a popular attraction for the young and old alike. Located in the Morrison area of Colorado, Dinosaur Ridge can offer you two unique walking trails with interesting geological features along the way, including dinosaur bones and tracks. Hotels near Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado include the Cliff House Lodge B&B and the Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden, both of which can offer you comfortable guest rooms and premium amenities.
One of the most unique choices for accommodations is the Cliff House Lodge B&B Hotel. Here, you will find individual cottages where you can relax with your loved one and enjoy a romantic getaway. Located near the popular attraction, you will have access to a private hot tub, coffeemaker, bath robes, and more when you book a stay at this lovely hotel.
For the traditional hotel stay, choose the Hampton Inn-Denver West/Golden Hotel. Here, you will have access to modern guest rooms and suites offering premium amenities. Take advantage of high-speed Internet service to stay connected and relax easily in the clean and fresh Hampton bed. Fuel up at the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry offering snacks and drinks or enjoy a meal in-room with the room service option provided by the property.
Things to Do
When you arrive at the Dinosaur Ridge attraction, you will find there is much to see and do. Two walking trails can be enjoyed, the Dinosaur Ridge Trail and the Triceratops Trail, both providing unique features along the way. You will also find the attraction offers an interactive exhibit with the Trek Through Time. This includes computer activities and hands-on activities. Learn how footprints are preserved as well as how rock layers form. Small children enjoy digging through the Backyard Bones area, which is a dinosaur dig pit with fossils that can be studied and buried.
Visit the Rooney Gulch Mine during your stay as well and search for fossils, gems, and minerals. Geode cracking is also available for a small fee. You will find snacks at the Stegosaurus Snack Shack, and a gift shop is also located on the property so you can take home souvenir.
The attraction of Dinosaur Ridge is easy navigable as you can walk the area of each trail on foot or simply enjoy the indoor exhibits. Each trail is around one to two miles long.
Hotels near Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado are also within a short distance to other popular Denver attractions. You can visit the downtown area and find museums, art galleries, restaurants, and more. For an upscale shopping experience, travel to the Cherry Creek Shopping District where you will find interesting shops and entertainment. Children will also love to visit the Denver Zoo or Downtown Aquarium during your stay. Start your tour of Denver with any of these attractions to begin to get to know the city and enjoy your time spent in the capital.