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Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park

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Travel back in time and learn about marine reptiles at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. The museum offers answers to hundreds of questions about fossil skeletons on display, including one of the largest Tylosaurs ever discovered and the most complete Pteranodon specimen. Vibrant graphics will help you visualize the environments in which these prehistoric animals lived, while at a working fossil laboratory you can see recently excavated fossils being restored. Children will love the play area, tactile exhibits, and hands-on activities. The center boasts the largest dinosaur gift shop in the region. Put Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center into our Woodland Park itinerary builder tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Woodland Park.
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  • arrived at opening, and the docents were milling about and asked if we wanted a guided tour so our family had a personal guide -- excellent way to learn about everything there. Tends to focus on the....  more
    arrived at opening, and the docents were milling about and asked if we wanted a guided tour so our family had a personal guide -- excellent way to learn about everything there. Tends to focus on the....  more »
  • What a great experience! Lots of hands on exhibits for the littles and some amazing skeletons/educational info for the older ones. The staff was super friendly and helpful. We had a great time! The... 
    What a great experience! Lots of hands on exhibits for the littles and some amazing skeletons/educational info for the older ones. The staff was super friendly and helpful. We had a great time! The...  more »
  • From the kids, "would like for it to have lasted longer, showed the real fossils, was really cool and just wow". Had a short film and opportunity to observe people working on the fossils. Prices... 
    From the kids, "would like for it to have lasted longer, showed the real fossils, was really cool and just wow". Had a short film and opportunity to observe people working on the fossils. Prices...  more »
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  • Amazing showcase! We loved every second of the place, and Danny - our tour guide - was knowledgeable and kind, even dealing with our random interjections and tangents hahaha. There are so many large and beautiful specimens here, along with a cleaning lab with active cleanings in progress - My fiance and I spent a solid 3 hours enjoying the tour and museum. You can even touch real dinosaur bones here! 10/10 would come back with my kiddo - it was 100% worth it!
  • So many cool things to see in one visit! We learned so much and enjoyed hearing about the latest findings and discoveries in this still emerging field. There is a nice gift shop at the end and the guides are so knowledgeable; we really would want to schedule a private tour to deep dive into specific topics. The drive to Woodland Park is also so beautiful. Take your time to enjoy the backside views of Pikes Peak as well. We will be back again!
  • It's a fantastic visit. You can see the work being done to recover the actual fossils through a wall of windows. There are countless displays of dinosaur skeletons, both actual and reproduction s. It is self guided with attendants available to answer questions. They also offer guided tours. Many hands on displays and a small children's corner. The gift shop is huge and well stocked. There is a photo corner that offers the chance for you to be seen being menaced by a large dinosaur.
  • We had an awesome time! We got there just in time for a tour with a very knowledgeable staff member. All of the employees were awesome. There’s a military discount on tickets, gift shop had some artifacts and a good selection of childrens books. It’s a small facility took us about 30 min to go through. There’s a nice selection of small restaurants and a brewery in walking distance.
  • A unique experience. I think $14 per adult is a bit steep considering the smaller scale of the museum. Was happy to see my favorite dinosaur, the Quetzalcoatlus, even if it was only a 1/3 scale replica. Very cool but I probably wouldn't recommend a drive here if it's more than 30 minutes for you, I'd say it's roughly half and half replica skeletons vs real bones. Staff were very knowledgeable and great to speak with!

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