Location: Morrison, CO
Distance from Denver: 18mi (~30min) ♡ ♡ ♡
Hike: ~4mi RT ♡ ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Easy ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Small lot right near the trailhead, but we found that it didn’t fill up on the day that we went ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
Hi everyone! How is it the end of July already?! This summer has flown by so quickly as we hiked our way through Colorado ♡
We are super excited to share this very easy, but gorgeous and informative hike with you! Many of you may be familiar with Dinosaur Ridge / Dakota Ridge. The signs for this hike are pretty hard to miss, especially if you have ever taken I-70 past Morrison. Believe it or not, we had never hiked this trail until recently, and my goodness, we absolutely loved this easy gem of a hike!
Dog & Mountain Bike Friendly Trail.
Parking: Although the lot (across the street from Red Rocks Entrance #1) is small, we found that it didn’t fill up during the duration of our hike.
Facilities: There is an outhouse located near the intersection of Dinosaur Ridge and Dakota Ridge.
What We Brought: water, sunscreen, a hat, and snacks.
I’ll start by talking about the Dinosaur Ridge Trail. We started on the Red Rocks side, and it was one of the most informative hikes we have been on. The “trail” is fully paved so you can either walk, bike, or ride the shuttle to the various stops along the trail. We opted to hike, and were rewarded with wonderful views of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the surrounding valley. It was pretty incredible to see fossilized dinosaur bones and dinosaur tracks embedded into the Red Rocks. To think that we are walking around where these giants once lived was truly awe-inspiring and humbling ♡
As you meander through Dinosaur Ridge, you will see signs for the intersecting Dakota Ridge. I’ll be honest, the views on this trail aren’t much different or “better” than the views from Dinosaur Ridge. However, if you want to add a slight workout to your day, then hop onto the Dakota Ridge Trail. The trail is comprised of slickrock, sand/gravel so please be careful (especially if it had been recently raining as it could make the trail slippery). Also just a heads up that the south part of Dakota Ridge is off-limits to hikers (mountain bikes only), so just be aware of where you are and follow the park’s rules! Overall, this was a great morning spent learning about the many facets of our beautiful state ♡