Join us for a real Jurassic Adventure!
High in the ancient rolling mountains above the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming, at the northern end of the Wind River Canyon, the bones of dinosaurs have lain buried in layers of rock for millions of years.
In 1993 fossil hunters discovered these bones weathering out of the mountainsides. Since that first discovery, over 80 identified dinosaur dig sites have been found on what is now named The Warm Springs Ranch, and over 10,000 bones have been removed. Most fossils are from long-necked sauropods such as Camarasaurus, Diplodocus and Apatosaurus. The thick mudstone layer these bones are found in is called the Morrison Formation, dating from the Jurassic period (208-145 million years ago). This formation had yielded one of the richest dinosaur fauna in the world. Our goal with these dig sites is to unearth and prepare the fossils for scientific investigation and for display in The Wyoming Dinosaur Center Museum.
The Dig for a Day program is a real-life adventure for visitors of all ages and is held 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm. Individuals and families are welcome. A parent or legal guardian must accompany participants under the age of 18.
A brief orientation begins at the museum at 8am on the day of the dig. We will introduce you to local geology and paleontology as well as digging techiniques and data collection procedures. Transportation to the dig sites leaves around 8:30, we provide your lunch for the day, tools for digging and transportation to and from the sites.
The cost is $150.00 for each adult and $80.00 for each child. A $50.00 deposit is required at the time of reservation.
If the dig is cancelled because of weather, money will be refunded or you may reschedule for the next open date.
Digging begins late spring and ends early fall (weather permitting).
To make reservations please call 1-307-864-2997 ext. 229