Dinosaur Ridge leads several field trips throughout the year ranging from day trips to multi-day weekend excursions. Please check below for any upcoming field trips that you would like to attend.

Field Trips 2018

Green River Fossil Fish Dig 

 Registration is FULL for the 2018 Fish Dig. Registration for our October trip will open on May 4. Please see more details below.

  Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27, 2018

Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, May 25 through 27, 2018 for an amazing weekend excursion! This trip will visit the Ancient Lake Fossils private, commercial quarry in the Green River Formation near Fossil Butte National Monument in Kemmerer, Wyoming. This is an exclusive opportunity--Ancient Lakes is a commercial quarry, and Dinosaur Ridge is the ONLY outside organization with permission to dig onsite. Due to these exclusive rights, our 2017 trip sold out, and we can only accommodate 16 participants in 2018.

During this trip we will dig in their active split fish quarry and keep the fish you uncover! Van rides to and from Kemmerer will be with trip leaders who have spent years digging at the Ancient Lakes quarry.  Leaders will regale you with stories of one-of-a-kind discoveries! The quarry owners have exposed premium layers within the quarry for our group to explore.

Friday evening will feature guest speaker Arvid Aase (Fossil Butte National Monument, National Park Service). Trip participants will be led be Aase on a private, after-hours tour or Fossil Butte National Monument. Aase is the Collections Curator and Paleontologist at Fossil Butte and has worked at the monument for 15 years. He holds a Masters degree in Geology with an emphasis on invertebrate paleontology. Aase will share details about the preservation process of the specimens discovered from the Green River Formation, and Fossil Butte's role in protecting these treasure-filled lands.

Saturday evening will feature guest speakers:

Ancient Lake Fossils, Inc., quarry owner Adam Lindgren and quarry staff Dain Hanson.

Lindgren has discovered two of only three-known examples of snake fossils from the Green River Formation. Hanson discovered the first-known cockroach from the formation, which will likely be classified as a new species. Lindgren and Hanson will also be on-site for the group's digging hours, and can point you to the best places to discover amazing finds.

Dinosaur Ridge, Field Trips and Events Coordinator, Blake Sullivan. Blake has been at Dinosaur Ridge for 4 years, and has spent more than 6 years uncovering unmatched fossil finds througout western and southeastern US. Blake's most recent find was a one-of-a-kind damselfly that now resides at Fossil Monument. The group will be some of the first to see Blake's discovery on public display.

Dates: May 25 through May 27, 2018

Departing: Dinosaur Ridge at 9 am on May 25

Returning: Dinosaur Ridge at 11 pm

Cost includes:

  • Transportation via bus or van from Dinosaur Ridge
  • 2 nights hotel at the Best Western (Double occupancy; add $125 for each single room)
  • 2 days of digging
  • 2 breakfasts at the hotel, 2 lunches at the quarry, water and sport drinks
  • Admission fee to Fossil Butte National Monument and Ancient Lakes Fossil Quarry
  • 2 guest speakers with an added tour of the Fossil Butte Monument

 Cost: $700/person; $675 for Dinosaur Ridge Members & Volunteers

Restrictions: Anyone under 18 years of age must attend with an adult (valid ID required). All ages welcome. Limited walking field trip, not wheelchair accessible. Hammers and chisels provided, but if you have your own, please feel free. $125 non-refundable deposit due with RSVP.

For detailed information and to register, please contact Blake Sullivan at Dinosaur Ridge. or 720-930-1511.

To register for the 2018 Fish Dig, you can:

1) Click here to register online. (Be sure to download our registration form so that you can read the payment plan and cancellation policies.)

2) Download the registration form here.

Please print, complete, and mail with your payment to:
 Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
 ATTN: Blake Sullivan
 16831 W. Alameda Parkway
 Morrison, CO 80465.

Please see the payment plan and cancellation policies on page 2 of the registration form

Anthropological Adventures

Saturday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge October 6-10, 2018 for an amazing 5-day adventure! This trip will visit Archaeology and Anthropology sites in Mesa Verde, Holbrook Arizona, and Albuquerque, NM!

Your fee includes:

* Transportation to and from DR

* 3 nights camping, 1 night hotel

* Opportunity to collect Fossil wood and Native American artifacts

* 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, water, and Gatorade

* Interpretive guides at MV and ABQ

* Tour ends in ABQ during BALLOON FIESTA WEEK!!

The cost of this trip is $925 for non-members $900 for members.

Please contact Blake Sullivan at 720-930-1511 or for more information!

16831 W Alameda Pkwy.

Morrison, CO 80465

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