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 first or second 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 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 6 Dinosaur Discovery Days in 2013. 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! Beginning with May 11 and continuing on the second Saturday of June through October (excluding July) each event will have a different theme including National Get Outdoors Day, Earth Science Week, and Reptile Day.
Upcoming Dinosaur Discovery Days
- April 12 Bicycles and Dinosaurs
- May 10 Boy Scout Day
- June 14 National Get Outdoors Day
- August 9 Reptile Day
- September 20 Geohazards Day
- October 11 National Fossil Day/Girl Scout Day
Thanks to our sponsors who have donated to make Dinosaur Discovery Days possible:
- RMAG (Rocky Mountain Assoc. of Geologist)
- Yellow Scene Magazine
- AIPG (Assoc. of Independent Professional Geologists)
- GDAGMC (Greater Denver Area Gem & Mineral Council)
- WIPS (Western Interior Paleontological Society
- Colorado Mining Exhibits Foundation