During university I had a pretty sweet gig as a survey assistant for the Alberta Government – I got to drive around to the different heritage sites in Southern Alberta to get visitors to fill out a survey when they left the facility/site. One of the sites I got to visit was Dinosaur Provincial Park. I haven’t been back since, but thought I would take advantage of the long weekend to check it out. The morning was a bit rainy, so I didn’t leave Calgary until 2pm – there was still plenty of daylight left when I got to the park. Important to note that Dinosaur Provincial Park isn’t close to the Royal Tyrell Museum, it’s located closer to Brooks, Alberta.
I didn’t get to the park in time to check out the displays in the visitors centre on this trip but I did get a chance to do a couple of the trails and get in some sunset shots. Most of the park is restricted access (unless you are on one of the guided programs), there is a public loop with some fossil displays and interpretive trails.
Viewpoint by the Prairie Loop Trail
Prairie Crocus (Badlands Trail)
Landscape on the Badlands Trail
View from Fossil House #1
By the time I had reached the Trail of the Fossil Hunters it looked like rain was going to roll in. Luckily, it skirted to the south and the clouds provided some dramatic backdrops.