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Morrison is a tiny town of approximately 400 residents located in Jefferson County about 30 minutes from downtown Denver. However, despite its close proximity to the Denver metro area, its quite secluded due to its location on the west side of the Hogback Rock Formation. At 5800 feet elevation, Morrison feels like a remote mountain town, which earns it the name "The Nearest Faraway Place." The town is most well known for being at the base of the winding Beer Creek Canyon near the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. It also makes a great base for exploring the many hiking/biking trails that run through the Jefferson County Open Space Parks. Despite its small size, the town of Morrison has lots to offer visitors, including several world class restaurants and shops situated along historic Bear Creek Avenue and two cozy bed and breakfast inns. The town is also home to the Morrison Natural History Museum and Dinosaur Ridge where natural history buffs will be enthralled with the exposed dinosaur prints and interesting geographic features. Whether as a day trip from Denver or as a base for exploring the entire Red Rocks region, Morrison is a charming, picturesque town to visit. To reach Morrison, travel 17 miles west of Denver on Colorado C470 and Morrison Road.

Surrounding areas: Evergreen, Colorado (6.8 mi), Golden, Colorado (7.2 mi), Conifer, Colorado (9.6 mi), Arvada, Colorado (11.7 mi), Denver, Colorado (12.5 mi), Idaho Springs, Colorado (18.2 mi), Black Hawk, Colorado (18.9 mi)

Morrison Vacation Rentals

Morrison Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hampton Inn Denver West / Golden17150 W Colfax AveGolden, CO4.8 mi.(303) 278-6600
Sheraton Denver West Hotel & Conference CNTR360 Union BlvdLakewood, CO4.9 mi.(303) 987-2000
Courtyard By Marriott Denver West/Golden14700 W 6th Ave Frontage RdGolden, CO5.1 mi.(303) 271-0776
Residence Inn Denver West/Golden14600 W 6TH Ave Frontage RdGolden, CO5.1 mi.(303) 271-0909
Homewood Suites By Hilton139 Union BlvdLakewood, CO5.1 mi.(303) 716-5737
Silver Reef12419 W 2ND PLLakewood, CO5.3 mi.(800) 352-5804
Hampton Inn - Denver West Lakewood137 Union BlvdLakewood, CO5.4 mi.(303) 969-9900
Days Inn Suites Denver West15059 W Colfax AveGolden, CO5.5 mi.(303) 277-0200
Wyndham Hotel Denver Tech Center7675 E Un AveDenver, CO5.7 mi.(303) 770-4200
Holiday Inn Denver West Village14707 W Colfax AveGolden, CO5.7 mi.(303) 279-7611
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites12683 W Indore PLLittleton, CO5.7 mi.(720) 981-1000
Hampton Inn Denver SW3605 S Wadsworth BlvdDenver, CO5.8 mi.(303) 989-6900
Comfort Suites11909 W 6TH AveGolden, CO5.8 mi.(303) 231-9929
Fairfield Inn11907 W 6TH AveGolden, CO5.8 mi.(303) 231-9939
Days Inn Lakewood Colorado3440 S Vance StLakewood, CO5.9 mi.(303) 989-5500
Holiday Inn Lakewood7390 W Hampden AveLakewood, CO5.9 mi.(303) 980-9200
Hampton Inn & Suites Littleton7611 Shaffer PkwyLittleton, CO5.9 mi.(303) 973-2400
Quality Suites7260 W Jefferson AveDenver, CO6.0 mi.(303) 988-8600
Extended Stay America7393 W Jefferson AveLakewood, CO6.0 mi.(303) 986-8300
Marriott Towneplace Suites-Federal Center/Lakewood800 Tabor StGolden, CO6.1 mi.(303) 232-7790
Courtyard By Marriott Denver Lakewood7180 W Hampden AveLakewood, CO6.1 mi.(303) 985-9696
La Quinta Inn & Suites7190 W Hampden AveLakewood, CO6.1 mi.(303) 969-9700
Candlewood Suites895 Tabor StGolden, CO6.2 mi.(888) 226-3536
Residence Inn (75509)7050 W Hampden AveLakewood, CO6.2 mi.(303) 985-7676
Travel Lodge Denver West11595 W 6TH AveLakewood, CO6.2 mi.(303) 238-7751
Extended Stay America715 Kipling StDenver, CO6.7 mi.(303) 275-0840
Foothills Executive Lodging6565 W Jewell St #4BLakewood, CO6.8 mi.(303) 936-3070
Riata At Belmar Park7301 W Ohio AveLakewood, CO7.0 mi.(800) 352-5804
La Quinta Inn3301 Youngfield Service RdGolden, CO7.2 mi.(303) 279-5565
Marriott Denver West1717 Denver West BlvdGolden, CO7.2 mi.(888) 238-1803
Park At Denver West1910 Denver W DrGolden, CO7.2 mi.(800) 352-5804
Quality Suites Of Evergreen29300 U S Hwy 40Golden, CO7.2 mi.(303) 526-2000
Table Mountain Inn1310 Washington AveGolden, CO7.2 mi.(303) 277-9898
The Cambridge Hotel1560 Sheridan BlvdDenver, CO7.3 mi.(303) 831-1252
The Golden Hotel800 Eleventh StGolden, CO7.3 mi.(303) 279-0100
Motel 6480 Wadsworth BlvdLakewood, CO7.6 mi.(303) 232-4924
Marriott Towneplace Suites - Southwest10902 W Toller DrLittleton, CO7.6 mi.(303) 972-0555
Chalet Motel6051 W Alameda AveLakewood, CO7.9 mi.(303) 237-7775
Denver West Inn7150 W Colfax AveDenver, CO8.0 mi.(303) 238-1251
In Town Suites Denver West2900 W Hampden AveEnglewood, CO8.9 mi.(303) 789-2360
Bed & Breakfast
Capitol Hill Mansion Bed And Breakfast1201 PennsylvaniaDenver, CO12.5 mi.(303) 839-5221
Queen Anne Inn Luxury Bed And Breakfast2147 Tremont PLDenver, CO12.8 mi.(303) 296-6666
Merritt House Bed & Breakfast Inn941 E 17TH AveDenver, CO13.0 mi.(303) 861-5230
Castle Marne Bed And Breakfast1572 Race StDenver, CO13.5 mi.(303) 331-0621
Briar Rose Bed And Breakfast Inc2151 Arapahoe AveBoulder, CO25.3 mi.(303) 442-3007

Morrison Weather & Climate

North-central Colorado has a semi-arid, continental climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year. It's a common misconception that due to its close proximity to the mountains and world-class skiing, that north-central Colorado has harsh winters. This is not entirely true. While there may be occasional bitter temperatures, storms do not last long. Periods of snow alternate with mild periods. The snow quickly melts with the mild daytime winter temperatures. The hottest months are July and August with an average high temperature of 74 degrees. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 30 degrees. This region has four distinct seasons, and being along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains means weather patterns are subject to rapid, volatile, yet brief changes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 43°F 9°F 0.67 in. -
February 45°F 12°F 0.80 in. -
March 50°F 19°F 2.36 in. -
April 55°F 25°F 2.92 in. -
May 64°F 34°F 2.96 in. -
June 75°F 41°F 2.07 in. -
July 81°F 46°F 2.20 in. -
August 79°F 45°F 2.47 in. -
September 72°F 37°F 1.43 in. -
October 62°F 26°F 1.39 in. -
November 50°F 17°F 1.49 in. -
December 44°F 10°F 1.04 in. -

Morrison Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Jeffco airport (BJC) located about 18 miles north of Morrison in Denver, Colorado, the Centennial airport (APA) located approximately 19 miles southeast of Morrison in Denver, Colorado, the Denver International airport (DEN) located roughly 31 miles east of Morrison in Denver, Colorado, and finally the Front Range airport (FTG) located around 35 miles east of Morrison in Denver, Colorado.

Morrison Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fish 'n Farm at Heritage SquareGoldenCO7.2 mi.
Lakeside Amusement ParkDenverCO12.5 mi.
Six Flags Elitch GardensDenverCO12.5 mi.
Mile High Flea MarketHendersonCO22.6 mi.
Santa's WorkshopCascadeCO53.6 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO17.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Foothills Golf CourseDenverCO5.2 mi.
Evergreen Golf CourseEvergreenCO6.5 mi.
Fox Hollow at LakewoodLakewoodCO6.7 mi.
HomesteadLakewoodCO6.7 mi.
Fossil Trace Golf ClubGoldenCO6.8 mi.
Applewood Golf CourseGoldenCO7.9 mi.
Arrowhead Golf ClubLittletonCO10.1 mi.
Deer Creek Golf Club at Meadow RanchLittletonCO10.1 mi.
Lone Tree Golf Club & HotelLittletonCO10.1 mi.
Meadows Golf ClubLittletonCO10.1 mi.
Raccoon Creek Golf CourseLittletonCO10.1 mi.
Englewood Municipal Golf CourseEnglewoodCO11.3 mi.
Family Golf Center at Centennial AirportEnglewoodCO11.3 mi.
Indian Tree Golf ClubArvadaCO11.7 mi.
Lake Arbor Golf CourseArvadaCO11.7 mi.
West Woods Golf ClubArvadaCO11.7 mi.
Denver City Park Golf CourseDenverCO12.4 mi.
Green Valley Ranch Golf ClubDenverCO12.4 mi.
Harvard Gulch Golf CourseDenverCO12.4 mi.
Mountain View Golf CourseDenverCO12.4 mi.
Overland Golf CourseDenverCO12.4 mi.
Wellshire Golf CourseDenverCO12.4 mi.
Willis Case Golf CourseDenverCO12.4 mi.
Windsor Gardens Golf ClubDenverCO12.4 mi.
Highlands Ranch Golf ClubHighlands RanchCO14.2 mi.
Links at Highlands RanchHighlands RanchCO14.2 mi.
Courses at Hyland HillsWestminsterCO14.9 mi.
Heritage Golf Club at WestmoorWestminsterCO14.9 mi.
Legacy Ridge Golf Course at WestminsterWestminsterCO14.9 mi.
Buffalo Run Golf CourseCommerce CityCO17.2 mi.
Ski Areas
LovelandGeorgetownCO27.1 mi.
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO34.5 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO46.6 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO62.9 mi.
VailVailCO62.9 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO65.0 mi.
AspenAspenCO92.5 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO92.5 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO92.5 mi.
TiehackAspenCO92.5 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO103.9 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO104.0 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO110.3 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO113.8 mi.
Snowy RangeLaramieWY116.5 mi.
State Parks
Golden Gate Canyon State ParkCO17.9 mi. 
Eldorado Canyon State ParkCO20.1 mi. 
Molly Brown House MuseumDenverCO12.5 mi.(History)
Denver Museum of Nature & ScienceDenverCO12.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museo De Las AmericasDenverCO12.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Denver Museum of Natural HistoryDenverCO12.5 mi.(Science)
Forney Transportation MuseumDenverCO12.5 mi.(Science)
Denver Art MuseumDenverCO12.5 mi.(Art)
Aurora History MuseumAuroraCO19.8 mi.(History)
Colorado University Museum of Natural HistoryBoulderCO25.3 mi.(Science)
Longmont Museum & Cultural CenterLongmontCO35.8 mi.(History)
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource CenterWoodland ParkCO46.1 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO12.5 mi.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO60.0 mi.
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO101.6 mi.

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