The historic town of Morrison Colorado sits at the bottom of Bear Creek canyon and is most famous for Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a natural concert venue surrounded by giant red rocks. Historic downtown Morrison features a small main street that is filled with restaurants and quaint shops. If you are lodging in Morrison or just visiting for the day, there are many things to do and see. Here are some of the highlights of Morrison Colorado.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitor Center
Colorado’s famous outdoor concert venue is open year-round and features a Performer’s Hall of Fame in the visitor center as well as guided tours. This internationally known amphitheatre has hosted famous bands and performers from around the world. If you are attending a concert and looking for Morrison lodging, Colorado Bear Creek Cabins is a 10-minute drive from Red Rocks.
Just beyond the town of Morrison is a famous, award-winning restaurant that features wild game meats and other foods from the Old West. Entrees include fine beef, buffalo, wild game and seafood which are enjoyed in an adobe building styled after Bent’s Old Fort, an 1830’s fur trading post in southern Colorado.
Dinosaur Ridge is a must-see for dinosaur, geology and archaeology buffs. You can see real dinosaur footprints that are perfectly entombed in sandstone. Dinosaur Ridge is self-guided tour.
Morrison Natural History Museum
The Morrison Natural History Museum features dinosaur bones and fossils with expert guides who explain dinosaur history, along with hands-on exhibits for kids. This paleontology museum has historic and modern fossils, and a research lab that displays fossil preparations.
Morrison Heritage Museum
Artifacts and exhibits that show the cultural and historical progress of the town the Morrison can be seen at the Morrison Heritage Museum, located behind the town hall.
Bandimere is a 1/4 mile drag strip that hosts National Hot Rod Association races. Bandimere is open during warm weather months.
Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway
The town of Morrison is one stop along the Lariat Loop, a 40-mile scenic drive to experience the beautiful mountain landscapes around Denver. The Lariat Loop route began in the early 1920’s and connects two roadways on the National Register of Historic Places – the Lariat Trail and Bear Creek Canyon.