Triceratops Trail

Location & Contact Information

  • 1400 Jones Road, Golden, CO 80401


Triceratops Trail is a 1.5-mile gravel hiking trail that winds between large, vertical walls of sandstone and into reclaimed clay pits. Along the trail are several stops highlighting clay mining as well as dinosaur, bird, mammal, insect, and invertebrate tracks and traces. There are also several walls full of plant impressions from the tree-lined, delta-like environment. The trail is maintained by The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, a non for profit 501C3 organization, that maintains a Visitor Center and two interpretive trails with the help of members, friends, family, donors and many grant-giving organizations. 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. There are two options for parking at Triceratops Trail: 1) Turn east onto 19th street heading toward Golden from 6th Avenue, then make an immediate right on Jones. That is a paid parking lot (“Parking Lot A”) operated by Colorado School of Mines. The trailhead is at the southwest corner of the lot. This parking lot (Lot A) is free on the weekends. 2) If “Parking Lot A” in 1) is full or inaccessible, then go to Mines Park, which is off of 19th Street just on the west side of 6th Avenue. There is parking available on Tangent Way just off of 19th Street (RED ARROWS). There is a pedestrian (and bicycle) underpass under 6th Avenue and it’s a short walk to the Triceratops Trail trailhead just off the bike path. (BLUE ARROWS)