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Our Visit to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park - Colorado



Living in Colorado there is a lot to do besides skiing, there is also a lot to see. While most people when they think of Colorado, they automatically think of Denver or the Aspens, there is more to Colorado than that. As a New York City transplant who have now decided to make Colorado our home, I've decided to really explore in and around our home city of Colorado Springs. This year 2016 I like to call our year of travel and adventure and there's nothing like traveling and visiting the sites in your own city. While I spent most of my life living in New York City, Brooklyn to be exact, there is still so much I have to see there. It's a city that no matter how long you've lived there, I'm not sure if you can still see everything. I can say that most New Yorkers still have never been to the top of the Empire State Building or have even been to Ellis Island or to the top of the Statue of Liberty. We like to think that's only things that tourist do. Well I consider myself a tourist in Colorado so I decided that one day a week we'll take advantage of what Colorado has to offer and one of them last week was the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Sure it's not New York's American Museum of Natural History, which I've visited numerous times with my own kids, but it's the next best thing here in Colorado.


Located in Woodland Park, about 20 minutes away from Colorado Springs where we live, we got in the car and headed on our way on a very cool day. A day where we didn't need a heavy winter jacket. The views driving to Woodland Park is a must see. While we're accustomed to seeing the mountains, if you've never visited Colorado before it's a beautiful sight to behold, especially if all you're accustomed to seeing is skyscrapers like I used to be.






Once we got inside and paid our admission there was so much to see. Like most dinosaur museums, it's a look and don't touch although they do have a few stations where you can touch and explore. You can read the stories of each specimen. There is a very short movie that you can watch that shows you what they do when in the field, and you can even look in on their fossil lab and watch them at work. There are hour long tours available and it's included with your admission. We passed on the tour since Madison really wanted to look around but I plan on doing it the next time we visit, which we plan on doing.






Madison just loved the kid station. There we got to view a film from National Geographic "Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure which kept Madison enthralled. I had no idea that she would have loved dinosaurs, even the ones that are in the deep as much as she did. She went to the rubbing station where she got to do a drawing of dinosaurs, build her own dinosaur with magnets, and even became the paleontologist that she wants to become and went on a mini dig for bones.





Before we left we had to check out the gift shop. It's something we do everywhere we go. We like to get souvenirs of our trip, a little memento of our visit. The gift shop surely didn't disappoint. Madison was able to fill a tube full of dinosaurs that we can identify later at home and a few other goodies including a collectible tee.





I'd definitely say that if your kids are interested in Dinosaurs and you're in the Colorado area, then a visit to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is a must. It's Jurassic Park in your own back yard. Madison had a blast and I think we'll be doing it again.

Here are the hours and admission rates:

Location:
201 S Fairview St, Woodland Park, CO 80863

Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Closed on New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Admission Rates:
Seniors (65+): $10.50
Adults: $11.50
Children 5 – 12: $7.50
Children 4 and under:   FREE

Military discount offered with valid Military I.D


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Annmarie John
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  1. This place looks like a lot of fun for any dinosaur lover. My nephew would want to live there!

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    1. Oh it most certainly is. There are so much to see and I love that you can actually watch them working in the fossil lab.

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  2. My kids are fascinated with dinosaurs! We took them to Drumheller a number of summers ago thinking that would "curb" it but all it did was encourage it! This looks like a fun place. So strange to see a dinosaur standing in snow eh.

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    1. LOL Heather, I think once they're fascinated, they might be fascinated for life. :)

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  3. My kids would get a kick out of the fish fossils. Looks like a fun day had by all.

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    1. Oh we did have a lot of fun and Madison did to and now she's a dino expert. :)

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  4. Perfect for little dinosaur lovers. Looks like a fun place to learn!

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    1. Oh it sure is and I'm sure big dinosaur lovers would love it as well.

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  5. Wow....too bad I live in Canada...my grandson would LOVE to visit that. He loves dinosaurs.....and dragons LOL!!

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    1. Well if you ever decide to pay Colorado a visit, make sure you take a trip to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

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  6. Our neighbors say great things about this place. We have yet to go! Looks like a blast from your photos!

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    1. Oh Karissa, you most certainly need to go. You would love it and the drive there is so beautiful. This weekend we're heading to Manitou. It'll be my first time there and I can't wait.

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  7. What a fabulous place this is. Son loves anything that is hands on. I would never get him to leave here.

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    1. There isn't too much hands on to do here but there is a lot to see.

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  8. Ive live in Colorado my whole life and did not even know this place existed haha. It looks awesome though we need to go check it out.

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    1. Yes you do Angela and it's about time you came our way. We're always going your way although your way is so much more fun. :)

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  9. This looks like such a fun place! Hopefully someday we can get out there!

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    1. Hopefully you would be able to do so. That would be great.

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  10. What a fun filled day this would be to explore the dinosaur center with my little cousins. They would love the hands on activities.

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    1. Oh yes Madison just really enjoyed that. I was so surprised but she got right into it.

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  11. What a cool place to visit! I have never been to Colorado- this seems like a must do!

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    1. I came because of the military and my family loved it so much we decided to stay. If you ever visit, you really should.

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  12. This is a fun destination. My kids would like anything dinosaurs and natural history, so this is right up their alley.

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    1. I think most kids love dinosaurs and Jurassic Park made my sons love them even more.

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  13. I don't live anywhere near here but it seems to be very similar to Dinosaur Park in CT. We love places like that.

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    1. I've never been to the one in CT but I've been to the AMNH quite a few times in NYC and I'm starting to think that most dino museums have the same fossils. :)

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  14. Looks like fun. We have not visited this place yet. You have to go to the Colorado History Museum. My kids really enjoyed that place a few weeks ago.

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    1. Oh I most definitely have to and it's on my list of places to visit. I was hoping to do so this week but not so sure now with the crazy weather we're having.

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  15. Wow - love that Dima display and all of the interesting pieces -
    Madison is just a cutie!
    I've been to Colorado Springs a few times for different reasons - it is a beautiful area and it has to be a great place to explore and live in :)

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    1. It is beautiful but I'm thinking so is most of Colorado. I still have a lot to explore and will try to do as much as I can this month.

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  16. Gosh I would love to visit there. It is so tactile and that is my cup of tea - plus dinosaurs rock!

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    1. You sound like my son. He thinks dinosaurs rock too!

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  17. My grandson is crazy about dinosaurs! He would just love this place, thanks for sharing it!

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    1. You're very welcome. I think most boys do but you'd be surprised at how many girls are into dinosaurs as well.

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  18. I love me some Colorado. We do not travel south much but this little resource center looks pretty cool. Love the TREX picture

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    1. Thanks Laura and Colorado is finally growing on me. I thought that no place would be able to replace Brooklyn, NY and while I still think that way, Colorado is coming in a close 2nd.

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  19. We always stop at the souvenir shop too. I like the tube of dinos, that's fun to pick them out yourself. The items on display you've featured look awesome!

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    1. Oh I ALWAYS stop at the gift shop and pick up a souvenir or two. It's always something to remind us that we visited. I do it at airports too. :)

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  20. This museum reminds me of a museum my children and I visit often. It is great to be able to see and touch things like this in person.

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    1. Yes but you can't touch too much here and you have to be careful since everything is pretty fragile.

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  21. We don't live in the area, but we may travel there soon. My kids would love this just like it seems your kids have as well! Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. Well it was just me and Madison and she loved it. The boys weren't too interested in going but my youngest son finally decided that he wants to go after hearing about the fun we had.

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  22. This looks like so much fun! I will have to keep this place in mind when we are out that way. Thanks!

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    1. You're very welcome Coralie and if you ever make it to Colorado, I hope you can pay them a visit.

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  23. I've never been to Colorado but I know that if I ever visit that I'll be taking my boys here. There are HUGE Dinosaur addicts and it would be a crime not to take them. They'd absolutely insist on it. You got some great pics btw and Madison sure looked like she enjoyed it.

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    1. Oh yeah if you ever visit Colorafo you're definitely going to have to take them there. You'll all have lots of fun.

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