Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve?

Great question! When the neighborhoods around Dinosaur Hill were being developed extra dirt, that was dug out during basement excavations, was piled up in one area creating a hill. Local children who played on the hill dubbed it "Dinosaur Hill" because of its resemblance to a sleeping dinosaur. When the nature preserve was established the name stuck and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve was born. 

Does it cost to walk the preserve?

There is NO cost to walk the preserve. The trails are free to walk and for you to take in the wonders of nature. All we ask is that visitors remain on designated trails and not to disturb local inhabitants to the area (i.e. deer, ducks, etc.)

Where can we park?

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is nestled within the Rochester, MI neighborhoods. Because of that our official parking spots are limited. But, you are perfectly fine parking curbside, like you would in any neighborhood, and enjoy the preserve.

When is the Nature Center open?

Our current summer office hours are 9am - 3pm Tuesday through Friday. The trails are open 7 days a week, sun up to sun down.




333 North Hill Circle

Rochester, MI



Nature Trail

Open daily dawn until dusk    


Offices/Indoor Nature Center

Summer Hours


9am - 3pm  




(248) 656-0999






Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit institution.  

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve (DHNP) is a preserve situated on sixteen acres of land nestled in the neighborhoods of Rochester, MI.

DHNP offers walking trails that are free to the public and offers affordable educational classes for various age groups , maintains the grounds of the land under its stewardship, and works to keep the wonders of nature accessible to the people of the Greater Rochester Area.  

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