Triceratops Trail is a 1.5-mile, gravel hiking trail located one block east of 6th Avenue and 19th Street in Golden, Colorado. The trail winds between large, vertical walls of sandstone and into reclaimed clay pits. The hike should take around an hour round-trip and may involve a few places that are difficult or impossible for elderly and/or handicapped persons to access.
Along the trail are several interpretive stops highlighting clay mining and dinosaur, bird, mammal, insect, and invertebrate tracks and traces. The site is also famous for palm frond and other clear leaf and plant impressions left behind in a delta-like, wet environment.
2017 Update: Triceratops Trail access is in the back of the School of Mines parking lot located on 19th Street and 6th Avenue. Due to construction, the bike trail access to the site has been closed temporarily, but is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, October 1. Contact the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for details of the grand reopening at email@example.com
Triceratops Trail has many viewable dinosaur tracks, but none more impressive than the large three-toed Tyrannosaur track and many four-toed Triceratops tracks. The tracks and traces are very different from what can be seen at Dinosaur Ridge, and the fossils are dated to the end of the Age of Dinosaurs, 68 million years ago.
Near the end of the trail at the edge of Hole #13 of the Fossil Trace Golf Course, the vertical sandstone wall is covered with large palm frond impressions, evidence of the Late Cretaceous climate of Colorado. This wet area was covered with palms, magnolia, and sycamore trees, and even low-lying ferns and herbs.
Note: This Trail has no on-site amenities (Visitor Center, bathrooms, etc.). For a Trail Guide, please visit the Dinosaur Ridge Main Visitor Center or Discovery Center.