Dinosaur Discovery Days
Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for a series of outdoor summer programs called Dinosaur Discovery Days!
*For Boy and Girl Scouts, check out the Scout Days.
What is a Dinosaur Discovery Day?
Dinosaur Discovery Days are free outdoor events open to the general public. They are held monthly (May through October) at Dinosaur Ridge on either the second or third Saturday of the month (click here for our calendar). Guides are stationed along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail at the most significant interpretive sites. Visitors hike at their own pace or take the Shuttle Bus (one way) at $4 per person (three and under ride free).
At the Visitor Center, Hands-on Dinos for kids includes the Backyard Bones Dinosaur Dig, the Cretaceous Crossroads Dinosaur Tracking Area, Track Painting (paint a fossil and take it home), gold panning, fossil sifting, and other activities depending on the theme for the day. The indoor exhibit, Trek Through Time, has free admission all day.
The shuttle buses operate continuously between the East Gate and the Dinosaur Bone Site (see map of locations) during the event. The Shuttle Bus Tour resumes its normal schedule between the Visitor Center and the Dinosaur Bone Site after 3:00 PM.
When are the Dinosaur Discovery Days?
Discovery Days are on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday from May through October. The May day is Boy Scout Day, the October day is Girl Scout Day. From 10:00AM until 2:00PM, tour guides will be stationed on the Dinosaur Ridge Trail.
Special Guests at Dinosaur Discovery Days
The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge appreciates the many volunteers who make the Dinosaur Discovery Days possible. More than one hundred volunteers, many from outside the Friends organization, help with the Scout Days at the May and October events. See a list of our partners and sponsors below.
The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge have signed Mr. Bones to perform at all of our Dinosaur Discovery Days in 2017. To the delight of kids and adults the popular puppeteer climbs into his amazing anatomically correct dinosaur skeletons and strolls through the crowd. Meet him in person!
Upcoming Dinosaur Discovery Days
- Boy Scout Day – May 13, 2017
- World Oceans Day – June 10, 2017
- Reptile and Bird Day – August 12, 2017
- GeoCaching & EarthCaching Day – September 9, 2017
- Girl Scout Day – October 14, 2017
Thanks to our sponsors who have donated to make Dinosaur Discovery Days possible:
Dinosaur Discovery Days Partners 2015:
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
Barr Lake State Park
Bear Creek Lake Park
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Bluff Lake Nature Center
Boy Scouts of Colorado
Brighton Astronomy Group
Colorado Ground Water Association
Denver Astronomical Society
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Greater Denver Area Gem and Mineral Council (GDAGMC)
Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Majestic View Nature Center
Molly Brown House Museum
Morrison Natural History Museum
National Park Service
Roxborough State Park
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
West Metro Fire Rescue
Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS)
Wild Wings Environmental Education
Women in Mining