Located approximately 15 miles southwest of Denver, Morrison is a small community in Jefferson County. Encompassing just over 2 square miles, Morrison is well-known for its historical landmarks and the renowned Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Because of its convenient location to the Denver metro area, Morrison residents have the benefit of close proximity to a major city while living in a small mountain town. 

Climate

Morrison sits at an elevation of 5,764 feet with over 240 days of sunshine and almost 80 inches of snow per year.  Average summer temperatures reach highs in the 80s, and winter lows drop into the teens.

School District
Students in Morrison attend the Jefferson County Public School system. Morrison has three public elementary schools (Parmalee, Red Rocks, and Kendallvue Elementary Schools) and two religious private schools that serve elementary and middle school students in grades K-8.  Bear Creek K-8 and Bear Creek High School and Conifer High School serve Morrison students in grades K-12.

History

The Town of Morrison was named after its founder, George Morrison, who was a builder and businessman, specializing in mining for stone. He plotted the land for the town in 1874, brought the railroad companies to the foothills, and set architectural precedent with his stone and lime company’s buildings.

Morrison is home to 10 locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places- including the LoDaisKa Site, an important archaeological area first inhabited by people of the Archaic through Middle Ceramic periods, 3000 BC to 1000 AD.

The Morrison Formation, the most famous place for finding dinosaur fossils in the US, was named after the town where fossils were first found in the formation in 1877. 

Accessibility

  • 40 miles from Denver International Airport in Aurora, Colorado
  • 20 miles from Downtown Denver  – Union Station (A line to Airport)
  • 6 miles from Golden light rail station with free parking (W line to Denver metro)
  • 20 local restaurants located in Morrison
  • 5 miles from major grocery stores in nearby Lakewood

Leisure and Adventure

  • Morrison Natural History Museum– view ancient fossils and try your hand at archeology
  • Time Trail– half mile path that connects the present landscape to the 200 billion years old past
  • Red Rocks Park– concerts, movies, festivals, free museum of the venue’s history, hiking trails, guided fitness classes 
  • Tiny Town– miniature village and amusement park originally built in 1921 
  • Hiking– 34 trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking
  • Geo Tours– guided white water rafting tours
  • Bandimere Speedway– 300mph drag racing events for all ages
  • Dinosaur Ridge– the premiere spot for finding dinosaur tracks in the United States 
  • Mount Falcon Park– 14 trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking

Locally Owned Businesses in Morrison

  • Blend- eclectic apparel and art
  • La Boutique des Boudreaux- antiques and collectibles 
  • Meadowsweet Gifts and Wellness- massage and aromatherapy
  • Morrison Mercantile- crafts, accessories, cosmetics, and gifts
  • My Sister’s Attic- boutique and event venue
  • Rock N’ Roses Boutique- souvenirs