Denver January 05, 2018
by Laura Konrade The Tiny Town Hiding in Denver’s Shadow You Simply Must Visit
Located just over 20 minutes from Denver, is the quaint and historic town of Morrison. With a surprisingly small population of around 435, this little town still packs quite the punch when it comes to showing its guests a good time. While Red Rocks may come to mind first when thinking of things to do in the Morrison area, there really is so much more to discover when stopping through. So, escape the city and take a short drive to this lovely little town that is overflowing with possibilities for fun.
Beautifully situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Morrison is a town with breathtaking surroundings and carries with it the slogan, "The Nearest Faraway Place."
You don't have to travel far from Denver to feel like you've escaped the hustle and bustle of the city. When visiting Morrison you can see a show, take a hike, dive into the history of the area, dine on delicious food, and even watch a heart-pumping drag race.
Morrison truly is a small, but mighty town with so much to offer its guests.
Simply take a stroll around the downtown area and stop in to one of the unique shops, or grab a bite at one of many restaurant offerings that will tempt your taste buds along the way.
Take in an unforgettable show experience at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Just outside of the quaint downtown area is the world-famous geological wonder that hosts shows by well-known musicians and a variety of other entertainers throughout the year. This open-air concert experience can be found at 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, CO 80465.
Spend a day at the races at Bandimere Speedway.
This quarter-mile drag-strip is located just outside Morrison and hosts more than 125 events each year. It is located at 3051 S. Rooney Rd., Morrison, CO 80465.
This tiny town near Denver actually has it's very own "Tiny Town."
Children and adults alike love to visit this miniature village that comes complete with a 15-inch gauge miniature railroad. The kids will delight in playing in the 1/6 scale buildings at this historic Colorado landmark which is open from May through October. Tiny Town can be found at 6249 S. Turkey Creek Rd., Morrison, CO 80465.
Dine at the historic Fort Restaurant.
The Fort Restaurant is nationally known for their, "new foods of the Old West," as well as the spectacular scenery at their location found at 19192 Colorado 8, Morrison, CO 80465.
Step back in time by hiking along Dinosaur Ridge.
Discover more than 300 Cretaceous dinosaur footprints, a few dozen Jurassic dinosaur bones, plus a variety of other trace fossils as you explore Dinosaur Ridge. Don't forget to stop by the Visitor's Center where you can explore the gift shop, sluice mine for your very own mineral or fossil find. For a deeper look at the history of the area, tour the exhibit hall which will take you on a trek through time to find out more about the dinosaurs that lived in the area. Dinosaur Ridge can be found at 16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, CO 80465.
Discover the rich history that lies in the Morrison area.
The Morrison Natural History Museum allows visitors to dig a little deeper into the life of dinosaurs in the area. Hands-on tours with expert guides can be found at 501 Colorado 8, Morrison, CO 80465.
So, next time you're in need of a little getaway from it all, just remember that this little gem of a town can be found not far from Denver and offers a surprisingly large array of possibilities for memory-making adventures.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Morrison? Please share in the comments below.
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