Dinosaur Provincial Park - Historic Places Days

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Type
Archaeological Sites
Address
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Hours
The park is always open. The Visitor Centre Hours are 9am-5pm M-T, 9am-7pm F-Su.
Phone
403-378-4342

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Dinosaur Provincial Park UNESCO World Heritage Site has the best representation of late Cretaceous Fossils in the world! Located 48 KN northeast of Brooks, Alberta Dinosaur Provincial Park is renowned for its abundant fossils, riverside cottonwood groves, and stunning badlands. Offering year-round self-guided interpretive trails and camping as well as seasonal visitor centre, information services, programs, tours, and food services.

Recommended Route to Dinosaur Provincial Park

Lat: 50.753727 Long: -111.527979 | Directions

Dinosaur Provincial Park is NOT located at Drumheller, Alberta.  Brooks is the closest city, located on the Trans-Canada Highway #1. The park is located 48 km northeast of Brooks and 18 km from the village of Patricia. From Dinosaur Provincial Park, it is at least a two-hour drive to the town of Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

To drive to Dinosaur Provincial Park, we recommend that you take the route through Brooks, Alberta.

    • From Brooks, go north on Highway 873 for approximately 11 kilometres.
    • Then turn east (right) onto Highway 544 towards the hamlets of Patricia and Jenner. Continue for approximately 14 kilometres.
    • Follow the large blue Dinosaur Provincial Park signs.
    • Turn north (left) on P.R. #130 at the Dinosaur Country Store (which has a dinosaur statue.) Note that this Store/gas station is CLOSED.  The closest fuel is at Brooks or Duchess.
      • P.R. #130 is two-lane paved tertiary roadway.
      • Most GPS programs contain data only for primary and secondary routes.  P.R. #130 will probably not display.
    • Continue north for 5 kilometres to the four-way stop.
    • Turn east (right) at the stop sign.  Follow the paved road for approximately 15 kilometres along the Little Sandhill Creek coulee.
    • There are three flags at the Dinosaur Provincial Park entrance – Canada, Alberta and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  At the top of the hill/entrance, there is also a magnificent viewpoint with an information kiosk.
    • Continue down the hill into the park’s facility zone.
      • The visitor centre and campground are located down from the viewpoint.
      • Parking for the visitor centre is in the large concession parking lot. It is a short walk up the gravel trail to the centre.

If you’re coming from the north, you will probably connect to Highway 544 via Highway 36.

As Dinosaur Provincial Park is located in the countryside, we do not have an “address” as such.  The co-ordinates to use in GPS systems are – Latitude: 50.7537  |   Longitude: -111.528

The closest fuels stations are at Brooks (48 km) or the town of Duchess (34 km).

Notes from "Frequencies of the Land: an Ancestral Invitation to meet the Land where it is in space and time"

Dinosaur Provincial Park is an ancient landscape that will teleport you deep into the past. Dinosaurs are the “original inhabitants” of what we now know as Alberta. Indigenous Peoples are the voice, the mind, body and heart of these powerful places. If you have a chance to see the badlands through the lens of a Blackfoot Elder, it will paint a picture that resonates the fact that Indigenous Peoples are the human representation of the symbiotic consciousness that resides in every river, hoodoo, and stone throughout Alberta’s badlands. I’ve been going to this ancient place since I was a child, I will renew my visits well into elder-hood.

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