In the late 1800s Morrison became one of the most prominent locations of the “Bone Wars” between rival dinosaur specialists Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope. Geologist Arthur Lakes discovered massive dinosaur bones along the Dakota hogback in March 1877
He sent word to both Marsh and Cope and was eventually hired by Marsh to continue digging in the area. These quarries yielded the world's first fossils of the Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus (better known as the Brontosaurus).
The site of those discoveries is now a National Natural Landmark, Dinosaur Ridge. The location includes a visitor's center with an exhibit hall as well as two interpretive trails.
Along the trails, visitors can see geologic sites, dinosaur bones, trace fossils and a pristine site of dinosaur tracks. You can walk either trail for free, or take a shuttle tour for $8.
Since the early 1900s, artists have used the majestic scenery and natural acoustics at Red Rocks for music. (Photo: Denver Public Library)
The park was purchased by the city in 1928 and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre was built as part of a program by the Civilian Conservation Corp over the next 12 years. It held its very first event on April 6, 1947: the Easter Sunrise Service. (Photo: DPL)
Every year since then, the Easter Sunrise Service marks the beginning of the official Red Rocks season. The 71st sunrise service will be held this Sunday. The nondenominational service begins at 6:00 am (music starts at 5:30 am)
The rest of the schedule is filled with a wide-range concerts and some popular fitness events (it's always free to work-out before concert set-up begins). Red Rocks Park is 738-acres and includes miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.
The eastern entrance to the extremely popular Mt. Falcon Park is just outside of Morrison's downtown. One of the most popular and unique hikes – both in the park and in the area - is the Castle Trail.
The hike leads to the ruins of an early-1900s stone home built by Cosmopolitan Magazine editor John Brisben Walker.
His vision was to create a summer White House. But the funds ran out and the home never progressed past its foundation. So, Walker built his own mansion on Mt Falcon. Unfortunately, the mansion was struck by lightning and burned to the ground in 1918
One of Colorado's most famous restaurants, The Fort has been serving old-west style meals in Morrison since February 1963. The restaurant is modeled after Bent's Old Fort, an 1833-49 trading post outside of what is now La Junta
The building was originally intended just to be an intricate home for amateur historians Elizabeth “Bay” and Sam'l P. Arnold and their family. But when the cost of construction far exceeded their budget, the architect suggested putting in a business.
So, it was redesigned to have a restaurant on the lower level and the living quarters above. Today, a trip to the restaurant is a trip back to the frontier days, and the creative and tasty culinary experience is not one patrons soon forget.
One of the restaurants many of you suggested is the Morrison Inn, which first opened in 1979 and has been a favorite for Mexican food ever since. The building it's in was originally Henry F. Wolf's Pool Hall, Tobacco and Barber Shop built in 1880.
It was then a mercantile and filling station before becoming the restaurant it is today. They are known for their massive margaritas, chips and salsa and homemade Mexican standbys.
Featuring over 100 wines and beers, Flights Wine Café is a popular spot for happy hour in Morrison. They also have a large selection of appetizers and snacks to go along with your drink. They also have host live music every Saturday evening.
The Cow was the spot overwhelmingly recommended most by all of you. The casual diner along Bear Creek Avenue in Morrison has both seating on the interior or counter service available for a quick bite on a warm spring or summer day.
It's a popular spot for cyclists and hikers passing by along the Bear Creek Trail to stop in to refuel.
Another popular suggestion was Willy's Wings. The small shop has been serving buffalo-style chicken wings in Morrison for over 15 years. They offer both bone-in and boneless wings as well as a variety of sides and a few other meal options