Triceratops Trail at Parfet Prehistoric Preserve

Golden, Colorado – Point of Geological Interest #F15

This 1/2-mile hiking trail through a reclaimed clay pit leads you on a walk through 68 million years of Colorado’s pre-history. Along the Triceratops Trail, you can see footprints, trace fossils and other impressions left in an ancient swamp by dinosaurs, birds, mammals, beetles and plants. After you hike the trail, you may want to visit the paleontological exhibit at the Fossil Trace Golf Club clubhouse. An informative brochure is available at the trail head, at Dinosaur Ridge visitor center, and at the CGS.


Fossil palm fronds on the Triceratops Trail.Image: Colorado Geological Survey.

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Map and directions to Dinosaur Ridge/Triceratops Trail
On the web: Dinosaur

A series of books about the Triceratops Trail and Dinosaur Ridge (full-color images) are available from the Colorado Geological Survey Bookstore: