Do you have a dino obsessed kiddo in your family? Lucky for us, Colorado is full of dinosaur destinations! From actual fossil sites to themed parks and play areas, there is something to please dinosaur lovers of all ages. Check out some of our favorite Colorado spots for prehistoric fun.
Where: 3440 South Vance Street, Lakewood, CO, USA
Denver’s Dino Hotel is the perfect place for a Denver staycation!
Your family will love the dinosaur themed lobby and restaurant. Kids can enjoy a Jurassic Dig Pit and the heated pool and hot tub
Where: 3000 East 1st Avenue, Denver, CO, USA
Not only is Cherry Creek Shopping Center the premier destination for shoppers in the Denver Metro, it is also tons of fun for dino loving kids!
They have a fantastic free play area that is perfect for climbing and exploring. The entire play area is dinosaur themed and sponsored by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Where: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205, USA
Children can take a peek into the past at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s exhibit – Prehistoric Journey.
You’ll learn about the Earth’s journey from the Big Bang to Early Man and everything in between. Kids will have a blast checking out fossils, models and interactive displays.
Where: 550 Jurassic Court, Fruita, CO, USA
Featuring over 15,000 fossil specimens, Dinosaur Journey in Fruita is a fun spot to learn more about the dinosaurs that used to roam Western Colorado.
You can check out the paleontology laboratory to see how dinosaur bones are prepared for display, a dinosaur library, sandbox, earthquake simulator and a special kids’ “quarry site” where they can do some of their own digging!
Where: 4545 U.S. 40, Dinosaur, CO, USA
Pack up the family and head to Dinosaur National Monument!
Home to fossils, petroglyphs, early American history and beautiful scenery, this will be a trip with something for everyone. Be sure to check out the Quarry Exhibit Hall where you can view a wall of approximately 1500 dinosaur fossils embedded in the quarry wall.
Where: 16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465, USA
Dinosaur Ridge has been ranked as the top dinosaur track site in the United States and it is located on the edge of metro Denver.
Check out their Museum then either walk or ride up Dinosaur Ridge Trail where you can see over 300 dinosaur tracks, prehistoric crocodile swim tracks, fossils and a breathtaking view of Denver and Red Rocks. Start your visit in the gift shop where their knowledgeable staff will help you plan your visit.
Where: 501 Colorado 8, Morrison, CO, USA
Located in beautiful Morrison, just west of Denver, the Morrison Natural History is a wonderful place to explore more about the dinosaurs that used to live in the region.
Explore fossils and check out the fossil prep lab where you can see research in progress. Tours are offered three times daily, reservations are optional but appreciated.
Where: 201 South Fairview Street, Woodland Park, CO, USA
You’ll love checking out the display of dinosaur, prehistoric marine reptile and pterosaur fossils at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.
Tours are included with admission. Don’t miss the Children’s Learning Center where you kids can learn through hands-on activities like digging for bones, feeling real fossils and creating their own dinosaur species out of magnets.
Where: 16200 East Mississippi Avenue, Aurora, CO, USA
If you’re looking for a fun place to play, this park in Aurora has it all.
Plenty of room to run, picnic areas and a huge dinosaur fossil replica for kids to climb and play on.
Where: 44895 West U.S. 50, Cañon City, CO, USA
Adventure awaits at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience!
Families can choose from a variety of activities including interactive displays, hands-on dinosaur fossil activities and a ropes course. Explore the 10000 sq. ft. museum at your own pace or take a guided tour.
Where: 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard, Cañon City, CO, USA
Learn about the dinosaurs that roamed the Fremont Country region at this museum dedicated to highlighting and preserving the history of the area.
Check out rotating exhibits such as Digging It! Fossils of Fremont County around the World in 80 Artifacts.
Where: Withers Canyon Trailhead, La Junta, CO, USA
Adventurous families will love exploring this trailhead in southeast Colorado where you can visit the largest known set of dinosaur tracks in North America.
Please note- this is for experienced hikers only as a round trip to view the tracks is 10.6 miles. Biking and horseback riding is also allowed.
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