Jurassic Journeys: Top Spots for your Dinosaur-Loving Kiddo


Much like trains, dinosaurs are a hot topic among toddlers and young children alike. I mistakenly called a pterodactyl a flying dinosaur, a rookie parenting mistake, and was swiftly corrected by my two-year-old. How does he know this? I have no idea!

Millions of years ago, Albuquerque and the surrounding area were home to many dinosaurs, including the recently discovered Tyrannosaurus Mcraeensis. Albuquerque has lots of cool places to explore the past and get a taste of prehistoric life.

Check out some of our favorite dinosaur-related spots in Albuquerque:

Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Check out their website here.

1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

This is THE spot affectionally known as the dino museum in our house. There are so many incredible exhibits, including the Bisti Beast animatronic display, bones, and fossils!

Large Red Dinosaur

More details here.

9181 Coors Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM 87120

Don’t forget to wave at the large red dinosaur next time you’re driving on Coors and Paseo del Norte!

Petroglyph National Monument

More details here.

6510 Western Tr. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87120

While not dinosaur-related, I consider it dinosaur-adjacent, as this park features ancient rock carvings that are very, very old.

Parks with Dinosaur Play Equipment

While not an exhaustive list, you can greet a triceratops or ride down a dino slide at these parks.

  • Tiguex Park
    1800 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
  • Dulcinea Park
    2330 Via Madrid Dr NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
  • Haynes Community Center and Park
    2006 Grande Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

What’s your favorite dinosaur-related attraction or park? Let us know in the comments below!

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