Dinosaur Provinical Park

This is where the Alberta Badlands earn the name, in the Red Deer Valley.

GPS Coordinates are N50 45.701 W111 31.154.
Link on Google Maps

The Dinosaur Provincial Park is about 2 hours east of Calgary and 3 hours south-east of Drumheller.

Overlooking the Dinosaur Provincial ParkWhen you travel the Trans Canada Hwy, the park is less then hour away. Brook is possibly the closest town to the Dinosaur Provincial Park and eventually to Drumheller for the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Brook is located on the Trans Canada Hwy.

Bone Fossils in the Dinosaur Provincial ParkBefore you enter the Red Deer Valley, stop at the Lookout to see the size of the Badlands, enjoy the view from 'up there' (picture above). Then drive down to the parking.

The Museum is a good place to start and book a guided excursions (or book on-line to have a spot reserved).

Spend the time to visit the different trails before the guided tour, they are an excellent introduction to what you will see and learn during the tour. The trails may be short but will take a lot of time to enjoy the scenery.
Some features like the the Bone Bed are only accessible with a guided tour.

Overlooking the Dinosaur Provincial Park

Badlands in Dinosaur Provincial Park

Badlands in Dinosaur Provincial Park

Sand caves in Dinosaur Provincial Park


First published on August 05, 2011