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Morrison, Colorado: View Dinosaur Footprints from the Road, on Foot

You used to be able to just pull off the road and see dino footprints ascending a rocky hillside. Now the road is blocked and you have to walk the road to get there. It's not a very long walk, but it is uphill and it can get hot. Bring water.

W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, CO
I-70 exit 260. Drive south on Hwy 470 for two miles. Take the Alameda Pkwy exit and turn west. Look for the signs for Dinosaur Ridge. Park and walk.
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Brontosaur Bulge.

Brontosaur Bulges

My favorite dinosaur footprints along the parkway are the "Brontosaur Bulges." Instead of sticking into the rock, these footprints stick out. The dinosaur probably stepped into soft ground, which later filled with sand and mud that solidified. The softer rock around the impression eroded away, leaving the bulges. "Brontosaur" is no longer an accepted scientific name, but "brontosaur bulges" rolls off the tongue a lot easier than "apatosaur protuberance."

[John Takao Collier, 01/28/2014]

The parkway, which is now pedestrian-only, runs alongside a sloping wall of footprints named Dinosaur Ridge.

Easy-Viewing Dinosaur Footprints

You can no longer drive this route. It is now closed to passenger vehicles. You must take a guided tour, walk or bicycle the route.

[Matgie, 07/22/2012]

Dino prints.

Easy-Viewing Dinosaur Footprints

The dinosaur footprints are on a steep angle adjacent to a inclined road west of the highway. You won't be able to see these from the highway unless you walk up the road. There is a bar across the road that keeps it closed to vehicles.

[Johnny Chu, 10/23/2011]

Dinosaur prints.

Dinosaur Footprints at Dinosaur Ridge

See dinosaur footprints climbing up the side of a mountain beside Hwy C470 west of Denver. You can see them from the highway, but you'll have an accident trying to look for them. You're better off driving right up to them. The Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center is at 16831 West Alameda Pkwy and the footprints are up the road on the side of the mountain -- you'll see some fencing where they are.

[Laura Bloom, 10/28/2006]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Dinosaur Ridge Bus ToursDinosaur Ridge Bus Tours, Morrison, CO - < 1 mi.
John Denver Earth Hero StatueJohn Denver Earth Hero Statue, Morrison, CO - 1 mi.
The FortThe Fort, Morrison, CO - 4 mi.
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Cellular Village, Ken Caryl, CO - 9 mi.

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