There's a 1.5 mile trail along Alameda Pkwy offering signs and pointing out fossils. The dinosaur foot prints are by far the most impressive. The tracks are right on the side of the road, so if you don't feel like doing the hike you can just pull off on the shoulder of the road. They're best viewed just as the sun is starting to set, the footprints are much more pronounced. The visitor center is worth a stop too, lots of info and they also offer activities for children. If you are going to do the hike, park here.
This park is very popular in the summer months, so be prepared for crowds. We started with the Village Walk (.9 miles). It takes you to the historical site of Mount Vernon. Not much remains to show a town or camp ever existed here, only a few overgrown graves. From here the trail with junction with the Red Rocks trail (2.8 miles). You will get some great views from this trail, but the farther you go the less trees there are, so take plenty of water and sunscreen; it gets really hot. If you're looking for something more secluded and cooler, try Mount Falcon park just up the road. The elevation is higher, so temperatures are cooler and there's a lot less people.
My husband and son looked at the amphitheatre and then took the Trading Post loop hiking trail to see some of the rock formations. This is a 1.4 miles trail. The trail is 6,280 feet above sea level, and the majority of the trail is less than 30 inches wide. Some of the warnings about the trail are in the Warning tip. The trail takes up to two hours to complete depending on your level of fitness. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is owned by the City and County of Denver a
Visitor Center Hours
May-September: 8:00am - 7:00pm
October-April: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Park and Amphitheatre Hours
The park is open from 5AM to 11PM, daily free of charge. In the event of a performance the Amphitheatre and Visitor Center will generally close to the public in the early afternoon hours.
This is a really awesome park with great hiking trails. Be sure to take the "Castle Trail" which will take you to the ruins of the Walker Mansion, then onto the "Walker's Dream" trail which takes you to the ill fated summer home of for the US president. Both are really interesting and lovely in their decay. Lots of wildlife and wild flowers too. A doe was following us for a while as we hiked.
You never know where you'll find a great bridge. Most are huge, like the Brookly Bridge or the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Mackinac Bridge. Here in Morrison is a small pony truss (the side trusses are shorter then the vehicles crossing it.) Built in 1926 by Stroehle Machine Company from Black Hawk, Colorado
Nearly every town in the US has it's war memorial. Sometimes, like here, it's from a fairly recent war. The town may not have been founded before other wars, or they may have been deeply involved in keeping food on the table to take time and build a memorial. This one is located on the west entrance town on the main road.
It appears to be a memorial to the Vietnam Veterans (1964-1975), but it may be as new as the Persian Gulf War (1990).
One of the nations premier dinosaur sites, it's readily accessible from Denver and from the road. The sites are scattered along a U shaped road over one of the ridges, west of Denver, north of Morrison. Each site is visible from the road and there is plenty of space along the shoulders to pull off. Some sites, particularly at the curve, you need to park in one location and walk between, but there is plenty of space and you can even move a wheelchair between about a dozen signs and quarry examples.
For more information and images, see my Dinosaur Ridge travelogue.
Just a few minutes outside of Morrison, the Red Rocks are an amazing geological wonder which have an ampitheater discreetly built right in. It's an extremely popular venue, consistently pulling in big-names.