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Dinosaur Ridge Trail Walk/Hike

This 1.5-mile trail along Alameda Parkway, between Rooney Road North and County Road 93, has hundreds of dinosaur tracks, a quarry of dinosaur bones, and interesting geologic features. To hike the Ridge will take between 1-2 hours and is about 2 miles round trip.

Built by the City of Denver and maintained by the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, West Alameda Parkway traverses the Dakota Hogback, which has locally been renamed “Dinosaur Ridge” by the USGS. The National Park Service has designated the area a National Natural Landmark, the state of Colorado has made it a Colorado Natural Area, and the Colorado Geological Survey recommends it as an official Point of Geologic Interest.

The trail has over 15 sites, each marked by an interpretive sign. Fossil sites, interesting rock sites, and scenic overlooks provide hints to the prehistory of Colorado’s Front Range.

Over 300 tracks have been identified. Of those at least half are periodically colored using charcoal by Dinosaur Ridge volunteers to help visitors see the tracks in the sandstone.

If you would like to see the dinosaur tracks but do not like to hike/walk the trail, there is a shuttle that runs every half-hour.

We will meet at the Visitor's Center.

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  • Mike H.

    Very interesting hike with cool people.

    November 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a warm, beautiful day. The "hike" was easy and very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed getting out to explore this interesting site.

    November 26, 2012

  • Judy

    Great conversation geological education experience and fun hike/walk with good friends on a beautiful day. The dinosaur prints are amazing and must be preserved for future generations.

    November 26, 2012

  • Justine

    Perfect day to be out and about viewing dinosaur tracks and bones.

    November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A nice walk, with cool things to see!

    November 25, 2012

  • Patty

    Are dogs allowed?

    November 24, 2012

  • Esther R.

    I would love to do this as it sounds like a doable hike for me but I am out of town. I hope you do it again.

    November 17, 2012

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