A few hundred millennia ago, dinosaurs roamed the land that is now the state of Colorado. Tricerotops and long-necked dinosaurs like stegosaurus once tread along the shores of the inland seas that filled the basins of the Rocky Mountains. Today, you can visit places throughout the state where remnants of these ancient creatures still reside. Food prints, fossils, and museums can give you a glimpse into the lives of these mega fauna. Check out these six places to find dinosaurs in Colorado.
1. Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument sits in both Colorado and Utah and was established in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after fossilized bones of more than 1,500 dinosaurs were found in the area’s cliffs. You can still these these skeletons at the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry section of the monument.
2. Picketwire Canyonlands
The largest collection of fossilized dinosaur footprints lives here on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Nearly 1,300 prints from 100 different animals stretch across a half-mile track. A 10.6-mile round trip hike will get you here, so prepare with plenty of water and provisions.
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3. Dinosaur Ridge
Take self- or ranger-guided tours of this famous dinosaur fossil site near Morrison. Dinosaur prints as well as exposed bones and fossilized plants and insects can be found.
4. Florissant Fossil Beds
This national monument protects the keys to the history of Colorado’s ecosystem. Petrified redwood in addition to fossilized plants and insects tell the story of Colorado life before a volcanic eruption buried the valley.
5. Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience
Located near Cañon City and the Royal Gorge Bridge is this museum focused on providing science-based experiences for kids. Children (and adults!) can play alongside full-scale skeleton casts of the dinosaurs, animatronic dinosaurs, and interactive displays.
6. Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Prehistoric Journey exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science brings you up close to giant cast skeletons of dinosaurs. You can interact with fossils and learn about ancient flora and fauna life in Colorado.