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Friends of Dinosaur Ridge

The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is known for our world-famous dinosaur tracks and world-class education programs. Our two main campaigns for donations are Education and Fossil Preservation. Don't let us go extinct!

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General
Official Name
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
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Former Name(s)
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Acronym
FoDR
Date Established
1989
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
Child Care Credit
Tax ID
84-1146279
Addresses
Headquarters Address
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465
Colorado Location
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Mailing Address
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
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Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
720-407-8280
Web/Email
Email
info@dinoridge.org
Website
www.dinoridge.org
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is to preserve the paleontologic, geologic and historic resources on Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail and the outlier sites in the Morrison-Golden Fossil Areas National Natural Landmark and to educate the public about these resources.

Organization History

The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge (FoDR) incorporated in 1989 as a group of 10 volunteers renting a hall for meetings. We have grown to 120 members, 40 staff, and 120 volunteers.

Dinosaur Ridge was designated as a part of a National Natural Landmark in 1973, and in 2011 more fossil sites, including Triceratops Trail, were added to that landmark designation. In 1994 we moved into a building (historic house on the Rooney Ranch) on a 1.4 acre property purchased by Jefferson County that became our Visitor Center.

In 2004 we opened Triceratops Trail at the Fossil Trace Golf Club to the public.

In 2008 many improvements were made at Dinosaur Ridge, including instigating guided bus tours and completing the indoor exhibit hall, Trek Through Time.

In 2011 we constructed a cover over a sandstone wall containing impressions of palm fronds and tracks at Triceratops Trail.

In 2013 the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge purchased a building on the west side of Dinosaur Ridge to become the "Discovery Center," which opened in 2014. We hope to attract a portion of the millions of visitors to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater to our site as well.

In 2017, we hosted over 215,000 visitors from around the world.

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