Choose Your Own Adventure in
Dinosaur Provincial Park!
Photo Credit: left photo above - Travel Alberta
Each person is able to pave their own path when they experience Dinosaur Provincial Park, known as the richest site in the world for dinosaur fossils. Although the park offers designated trails to lead you to popular viewpoints, hiking anywhere within the circle of the 4 kilometre Public Scenic Loop Road is allowed. In contrast to hiking trails in popular mountain towns, which typically only run vertically, your options are endless inside the Park. You will still get your hiking workout as you venture horizontal or vertical and even backwards as you explore these unique sandstones. You get to tell your own story as you dip into an adventure of your own, making it hard for someone to replicate your exact footsteps.
When the rain washes away at the sandstone, it erodes holes in the Badlands. For the average “adventurer”, we call them caves. You could spend an entire day attempting to take a selfie in every one of these caves but wouldn’t have time to do it. There are two of these “caves” in the public loop area, a couple more on the Coulee Viewpoint Trails and many more in the Natural Preserve (accessible with park guides only). Challenge yourself to take a selfie in a badlands cave! It’s a fun way to spend a day no matter how old you are!
Note: If you venture to Coulee Point Trail it’s known to have the “coolest” caves where you feel like you are in a sandstone fort!
2) Partake in Interpretive Programs
The best way to get a deeper experience within the park is to join one of the 11 authentic hands-on guided tours. From Fossil Safaris to Sunset Tours to visiting a former excavation site on the Centrosaurus Quarry Hike, where over 300 Centrosaurus’ died suddenly, you have options that will enhance your understanding of this World Heritage Site. With programs lasting from a few hours up to three days, regardless of the adventure you choose, you will walk away with bragging rights to share with your friends!
3) Fuel Your Appetite
Any adventure requires good sustenance so you can keep up energy to make the most of your explorations within the Park. The Park’s concession, the Cretaceous Café is open from the first week of May, offers a variety of options including veggie wraps with hummus, buffalo burgers and homemade chili or soup. The perfect memory on a hot day is always served with a scoop of ice cream, so be sure to ask for Screamin Brothers ice treats, a local and healthier alternative that tastes better than ice cream!
Bonus: For a real authentic hands-on culinary experience, you must try the “grill your own steak” experience at the Patricia Hotel, just down the road. It’s the perfect way to end the day with a steak bigger than your plate and cooked just the way you like it!
*Note: We understand that dinosaur fossils are an exciting thing to see in person! However, fossils are very scientifically valuable and should never be touched, moved or taken from the Park as a souvenir. To do so is illegal and is an awful way to end your dinosaur adventure.