Your Neighborhood Guide to Morrison

Home to the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater and over 40 scenic hiking trails, this tiny town in Denver’s backyard is home to a whole lot of history—plus some unbeatable comfort food.

Illustration by Emily Burrowes.

1. Morrison Inn

Serving up tangy Red Rocks Margaritas, this town staple is a local institution. The blackened mahi mahi fish tacos and the pillowy sopapillas are crowd favorites, best enjoyed on the award-winning patio to the tune of live music.

2. Mill Street Eats

This is a great place to grab an all-American meal. Enjoy a Mount Morrison burger with a side of spicy corn nuggets and decadent hand-dipped ice cream. Round off the evening by heading next door to the attached Morrison Holiday Bar for a drink and a game of pool with a side of live music.

3. Meadowsweet Gifts and Wellness

Find your path to herbal healing at this full apothecary of teas, tinctures, essential oils, and even a wellness clinic offering massage therapy, reiki, crystal healing, and more.

4. Morrison Mercantile

From the vibrant flower boxes out front to the curated collection of goods and gifts throughout, this shop is an adorable treat. Explore eclectic collections of home decor, books, and even Colorado-made perfumes and lotions.

5. The Cow / An Eatery

This quirky little diner in a circa 1940 building with an expanded back patio lining Bear Creek and the iconic cow statue in front serves fresh, homemade fare for breakfast and “linner,” plus a lineup of soft serve treats.

6. Morrison Natural History Museum

Learn why Morrison is one of the most important sites for dino-lovers everywhere while you view T. rex and Triceratops skulls, massive Apatosaurus bones, and the remains of the first Stegosaurus ever discovered. Then, visit the nearby Dinosaur Ridge and follow the fossilized tracks made by these Jurassic-era giants.

7. Hungry Goat

Go for the amazing patio; stay for the baked goat cheese dip. Or for the craft cocktails, quinoa salad, or the G.O.A.T. BLT—you really can’t go wrong at this scratch kitchen and wine bar (unless you skip the truffle fries), where a bow tie-wearing goat-topped waterfall sets a fun scene for a meal so good, you’ll become a regular.