Is there anything cooler than Dinosaur Ridge? This outdoor museum in Morrison features a world-famous dinosaur tracksite with over 300 dinosaur footprints for you and your family to explore. It strives to preserve and educate the public about the paleontological and geological resources of the Golden and Morrison Fossil Areas through interactive and enriching programs. It’s not only “the coolest museum since the Jurrasic,” but also a double winner of the 2013 Totally Awesome Awards—Denver parents’ pick for best family hiking trails and best camp for kids. Read on for a breakdown of what makes Dinosaur Ridge awesome from the Ridge’s own Erin LaCount:

Red Tricycle: Congratulations on being voted “Most Awesome” by your community! What do you think your customers value most about your business?

Erin LaCount: I believe that they value our location and what we have to offer with regards to science education. We have over 300 real footprints and a couple dozen real dinosaur bones that they can see and touch along our trail. There’s nothing better than running the tips of your fingers over a 150 million year old Stegosaurus bone or placing your foot into the track of a 100 million year old duck-billed dinosaur!

RT: What inspired you to start your business?

EL: The erosion and vandalism of the dinosaur tracks prompted a group to form in 1989 called the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. Since then we have made it our mission to preserve and protect the resources on Dinosaur Ridge for future generations. Secondary to that is our promise to educate visitors of all ages about Colorado’s abundant prehistory.

RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?

EL: If you mention Red Tricycle when signing up your kiddo for our summer camp program you will receive $25 off of your registration fee. Contact Erin LaCount (tours@dinoridge.org) or Amber Cain (amber_cain@dinoridge.org) for more information!

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