Morrison

82°F
Current Population
520
Elevation Level
5766 ft

About Morrison

Morrison is a hidden gem with its rugged terrain, gorgeous green parks, and Colorado mountain town atmosphere. Recognized by locals as ‘the nearest faraway place,’ Morrison feels far away from Downtown Denver, but surprisingly this town is just 30 minutes southwest of Denver!
Home of world-famous Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Morrison is a great place to get outside and hike. The glowing red rocks and rolling hills provide one of the most gorgeous backdrops for viewing concerts. Morrison also draws visitors with its excellent bed and breakfasts and Bandimere Speedway, one of the region’s top racing venues. Despite Morrison's well-known outdoor venue, this town has stayed authentic to its roots.  Come to Morrison to shop the quaint main street, catch a concert or to conquer a challenging hike!

Explore Morrison

Entertainment & Culture

You can't talk about entertainment in Morrison without first and foremost mentioning Red Rocks Park/Amphitheatre. This versatile venue allows locals and tourists alike to do more than catch a concert (although we HIGHLY recommend you do so). Other popular events are Yoga on the Rocks and Film on the Rocks. Stroll down Bear Creek Avenue and Stone Streets in central Morrison and you’ll find world-class restaurants and bars next to quirky local shops perfect for shopping.  
 

  • Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is a naturally formed, world famous, outdoor venue just fifteen miles west of Denver 

  • Morrison Natural History Museum is a natural history museum featuring exhibits that include several dinosaur fossils that were found nearby. 

  • Dinosaur Ridge is one of the world's most famous dinosaur fossil sites. 

  • LoDaisKa is a prominent archaeological site first inhabited by people of the Archaic through the Middle Ceramic period. 

  • Bandimere Speedway, also known as Thunder Mountain, is a quarter-mile dragstrip that hosts the NHRA's Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

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Popular Restaurants

Despite its size, Morrison packs a punch in the food department! Many unique restaurants occupy the small main street providing just the right amount of dining options! And if you'd like a bit of Western culture with your meal, just outside of town is The Fort, a high-end dining experience that prides itself on providing entrees that honor Colorado's past. The Fort is a replica of Bent's Old Fort, an adobe structure found along the Santa Fe Trail. 

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Parks

As the 'nearest faraway place,' Morrison has a lot of trails to explore that provide beautiful views of the foothills and red rocks. Speaking of red rocks, the Red Rocks Park has dozens of trails of all levels of difficulty for hikers and bikers. Dinosaur Ridge also has a few trails that feature real dinosaur tracks! 
Mount Falcon Park, another spot with a variety of trails with beautiful views, some even of downtown Denver! 

park

About the Community

Bear Creek High School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-8855
  • Address 9800 W DARTMOUTH PL
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade 09 - 12
  • Instructional Level High School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +1% to +5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 1584
  • Student Teacher Ratio 20

Carmody Middle School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-8930
  • Address 2050 S KIPLING ST
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade 07 - 08
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program Yes
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -1% to -5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 540
  • Student Teacher Ratio 20

Dunstan Middle School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-9223
  • Address 1855 S WRIGHT ST
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade 07 - 08
  • Instructional Level Middle School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct No Change
  • Total Reported Enrollment 642
  • Student Teacher Ratio 19

Green Mountain High School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-9500
  • Address 13175 W GREEN MOUNTAIN DR
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade 09 - 12
  • Instructional Level High School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement Yes
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator No
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct +1% to +5%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 1156
  • Student Teacher Ratio 18

Hutchinson Elementary School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-9540
  • Address 12900 W UTAH AVE
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade KN - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten No
  • Kindergarten No
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program No
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct -5% to -10%
  • Total Reported Enrollment 350
  • Student Teacher Ratio 17

Red Rocks Elementary School

Summary
  • District Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Phone (303) 982-8047
  • Address 17199 HIGHWAY 74
  • County Jefferson County
  • Grade PK - 06
  • Instructional Level Elementary School
Programs and Services Available
  • Pre-Kindergarten Yes
  • Kindergarten Yes
  • Magnet School No
  • Charter School No
  • The International Baccalureate No
  • Advanced Placement No
  • Before and After School Program No
  • Gifted and Talended Program Yes
  • Elementary School Indicator Yes
  • Middle School Indicator No
  • High School Indicator No
Enrollment and Attendance
  • Enrollment Change Pct No Change
  • Total Reported Enrollment 335
  • Student Teacher Ratio 19

Population, Weather and Economics

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Population

Population Details
  • Population 520
  • Population 5 Yr Projection 535
Households
  • Total Households 175
  • Households 5 Yr Projection 181
  • Average Size of Household 2.00
  • Households With Children 29

Climate & Weather

Summary
  • Annual Precip In 21.48
  • Avg Jan Low Temp 9.60
  • Avg Jul Low Temp 46.50
  • Avg Jan High Temp 43.80
  • Avg Jul High Temp 81.40
Indexes
  • Ozone Index 113
  • Air Pollution Index 116
  • Earthquake Index 49
  • Hail Index 174
  • Tornado Index 48
  • Wind Index 275

Economics

  • Housing Median Built Yr 1968
  • Maintenance and Insurance Cost 87
  • Health Care Cost 104
  • Transportation Cost 96