In southeastern Montana, less than an hour from the North Dakota border, sits a family-friendly attraction that takes you back in time—way back. Baisch’s Dinosaur Digs is a site that offers tours and an opportunity to take home real dinosaur fossils, petrified wood and
some lessons in paleontology.
The sedimentary geology of the region’s exposed rolling hills exhibits a perfect prehistoric record surrounding the privately-owned 8,500-acre ranch. There, guides take you out into the Terry Badlands Wilderness to show you clues to locate fossils and give you the necessary tools and methods to excavate them. Then, they demonstrate how to cast the ancient specimens for safekeeping. A variety of fossils from the Cretaceous period and the Paleocene epoch―spanning 56 to 145 million years ago―including some from tyrannosaurus rex and triceratops, have been found in the area.
Children younger than 12 are free to enter, but there are no restrooms, food or drinking water services at the ranch, so be sure to plan accordingly. A full-day tour costs $100 and a half-day goes for $75. Because scorpions and rattlesnakes live in this wilderness, long pants and closedtoed shoes are recommended in addition to protection from the weather. Reserve a tour on your next road trip through Montana’s far east at dailydinosaurdigs.com. To find out more about travel in Montana, go to visitmt.com.