Tip #1: Decide your priorities.
- Do some research on activities and tour programs at Dinosaur Provincial Park UNESCO World Heritage Site BEFORE arriving or even before booking your travel and accommodations. We offer a limited schedule of guided tours in May, June, September and October and a large variety of tours each day in July and August but these guided tours sell out quickly.
Tip #2: Allow two full days for an in-depth experience.
- Most of Dinosaur Provincial Park is a natural preserve. Access to this area is restricted to protect the sensitive landscapes and for public safety. Entry to the natural preserve is ONLY by guided tour programs.
- Interpretive bus tours and hikes take place in the natural preserve (unless wet weather or road conditions exist). See spectacular badlands, fossils and sometimes wildlife.
- There is limited room in these tour programs. There can be a high demand, especially in July and August. Please be flexible. Allow extra time in case your first choice is sold out.
- Some interpretive programs have age restrictions. These are strictly adhered to for the safety and enjoyment of park visitors.
Tip #3: Make reservations for interpretive programs.
- We strongly recommend that you make tour program reservations.
- All interpretive programs (except Family Theatre programs) are ticketed events.
- Make reservations online or by phoning 403-378-4344.
- Note: Please be advised that we do not allow pets into the Park Visitor Centre or on our interpretive tour programs, including the hikes into the backcountry.
Tip #4: Reserve your campsite in advance.
- Dinosaur Provincial Park camping info
- We strongly recommend that you make camping reservations. Weekends in May and June and all of July and August are especially busy.
- Campsite reservations can be made online. Or phone the Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca Contact Centre at 1-877-537-2757 (toll-free in North America).
- Dinosaur Provincial Park has no overflow area for camping. There are two provincial campgrounds nearby to consider when Dinosaur is full.
Tip #5: Participate in one of our NEW enriched learning programs.
- Experience the park at a deeper level by participating in one of our enriched learning programs. These programs feature in-depth experiences and small group sizes.
- Please note any age restirctions on these programs.
- For your own safety and for the sake of the park, follow our rules and safety tips.
Tip #6: If you can't join our interpreter-led programs, there is still plenty to do!
- Experience the park through the exhibit galleries, theatre and gift shop at our Visitor Centre.
- Visit the outdoor fossil displays and try the self-guided interpretive hiking trails.
- The fossil displays and two of five trails are "barrier-free" for physically challenged visitors.
- Check with the Visitor Centre for the latest information on trail conditions, flowers in bloom and wildlife sightings.
Tip #7: Check out other activities and attractions in the area.
Tip #8: Follow safety tips.
Tip #9: Take a full day to enjoy the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology at Drumheller (which is a 2 1/2 hours drive away from the park).
- Drumheller is about 200 kilometres or a 2.5-hour drive from Dinosaur Provincial Park.
- The Royal Tyrrell Museum is a large facility. You'll need a full day to appreciate it. It's not possible to see Dinosaur Provincial Park (located northeast of Brooks) and the Royal Tyrrell Museum (near Drumheller) in one day.
- Allow at least 2.5 days for a combined visit of the Royal Tyrrell Museum and Dinosaur Provincial Park.
Tip #10: Build in some quiet time during your visit.
- With lots of activities, it's easy to get caught up in a hectic schedule on your visit. Make time to enjoy the lesser-known treasures of Dinosaur Provincial Park.
- Walk through the badlands in the evening.
- Explore the cottonwood groves at dawn.
- Witness a prairie sunrise or sunset at the entrance viewpoint.
- Listen to the howl of the coyotes as the sound reverberates across the river valley.