Dinodave Paleo Adventures has tours for everyone.
Whether it's hunting ammonites in a prehistoric sea, walking through an enchanted petrified forest or discovering dinosaurs of the late cretaceous such as the T Rex and Triceratops, Dinodave tours will make you feel like you just stepped out of a time machine. It will feel as if you have visited another world in the enchanting badlands of Makoshika State Park.
The tour will start in the lab of the Makoshika Visitor Center as we get acquainted with past cool finds in the park and what a fossil will look like. Then we will do a short hike to a microsite (my favorite) that is close to the k/t boundary (the extinction line) and possibly find teeth, vertebra and who knows what! The dinosaurs you will find will be some the last dinosaurs on earth! And don't forget about the geology lesson on the way up as you travel through time! If you're still in the mood after the microsite, then we can go visit an articulated sandstone cast of a hadrosaur tail along the Diane Gabriel trail.
Any hardcore hikers out there! If you are the type that loves the back country and exploring well then I like you already. Let's go off trail and do some ground zero prospecting. Warning : On a scale of 0 to Sylvester Stallone, the terrain of Makoshika is Rambo 3! The only thing guaranteed is that it will be an adventure. (And for those that want to this.....I like you already.)
Their is no cost, but any size small donation to the Friends of Makoshika is encouraged. The Friends of Makoshika is a local nonprofit group for the benefit and care of Makoshika park.
*It is illegal to take fossils and artifacts out of Makoshika State Park. Dinodave works closely with Montana museums so that what is found in Makoshika can be enjoyed by everyone. But....how cool would it be for you to name a new find! It's certainly possible.
To set up a tour, just email me at Makoshikadave@gmail.com!
Dinodave has grown up with dinosaurs in his backyard. As a teenager, he was tutored by resident paleontologist Diane Gabriel. Dave has then went onto Montana State University with a degree in biology. His appreciation for Montana State was being able to work at the Museum of the Rockies as a preparator and to study under Jack Horner. One of his biggest paleontology thrills has been to go to Mongolia with Jack Horner a few years ago to help dig Psitacosaurus.
Shawna has been coming to Makoshika to take Dinodave's paleo tours for several years now with some amazing finds. Some are still being worked on.