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SW 07 Township 21 Range 11 West 4 Meridian, 18 km from Patricia
Alberta, Canada
T0J 2K0
403-378-4342 ext 235
Fax: 403-378-4247
Toll Free: 403-310-0000
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This park contains one of the world's richest dinosaur fossil fields, Canada's largest badlands area at 83 square kilometers, sage flats, and a unique riparian cottonwood habitat that supports numerous species of birds and mammals. The park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. The Park Visitor Centre & Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology "Field Station" is located in the park.

Please note: Dinosaur Provincial Park is NOT located at Drumheller - it is located 48 km northeast of Brooks, Alberta. From Dinosaur Provincial Park, it is at least a two-hour drive to the Town of Drumheller and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

Dinosaur Park's Visitor Centre is open year-round from April to mid October (winter season: limited days and hours). There are interactive displays on the natural and cultural history, geology of the badlands and displays on the park's paleontological resources in the exhibit gallery. The Visitor Centre also has an 80-seat theatre, gift shop and information desk. Small admission fee into the exhibit gallery.

The park has a concession building ("the Cretaceous Cafe") with food services, small grocery and camping items for sale, washrooms, showers and laundromat which are open May to mid October. 125 site campground with 94 sites for power hookups open all year. Water taps in the campground and sewage disposal station open from May to September. Firewood for sale.

Day use/picnic area, 5 self-guiding walking trails, 3.5 km public scenic driving loop road and 2 outdoor fossil displays available (weather dependent).

Reserve campground on or call 1-877-537-2757 toll free. Campground goes to self-registration mid-October and is open all year.

Information: 403-378-4342 ext 235 
Natural Region: Grassland - Dry Mixedgrass  
LUF Region: South Saskatchewan 
Park Size: 19,980.12 Acres  /  8,085.96 Ha
Legal Boundary: Dinosaur PP (372 kb)


Facilities & Services: Legend

Recreational Activities: Legend

Recreation Notes:

Birding: more than 150 bird species have been recorded in Dinosaur Provincial Park; the area supports a number of species that are either locally threatened or at their biogeographical limits (golden eagle, prairie falcon, ferruginous hawk, loggerhead shrike, merlin, Brewer's sparrow and grasshopper sparrow). Camping: alternate camping accommodation: Kinbrook Island Provincial Park (15 km south of Brooks on Hwy. 873; approx. 45 minutes from Dinosaur); Tillebrook Provincial Park (a shady oasis adjacent to Trans-Canada Highway 6 km east of Brooks; approx. 35 minutes from Dinosaur). Hiking: Coulee Viewpoint and Badlands trails are "fair weather" only; clay surfaces can be very slippery when wet; because of steep drop-offs on the Coulee Viewpoint Trail, children should be accompanied by adults. Wildlife viewing: extensive badlands around the Red Deer River are home to a variety of plants and animals specially adapted to the hot, dry conditions; the park provides critical winter range for native ungulates such as pronghorn, mule deer and white-tailed deer.


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