Dinosaur Provincial Park Travel Guide

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Dinosaur Provincial Park Things to Do

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    by jojes Updated Jan 30, 2015

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    A short drive after visiting the trail of the fossil hunters and the second fossil house bonebed, you will have reached the last trail of the public loop.

    This trail is called Cottonwood Flats trail and will take you through riverside terrain.
    The 1,4 km loop is completely flat and is accessible to wheel chairs.

    You'll encounter a tree that is over 200 years old, as well as lots of sage bushes (which are all around in this park) and - of course - cottonwoods.
    As this part of the park leads up to the Red Deer River, it has lots of different inhabitants, plant-wise and animal-wise. When approaching the banks of the river, be careful as these are not always as stable as they look.

    But the most abundant creature present here is ... the mosquito. We had read about the mosquitos in the park, but up until taking this trail we hadn't even seen one from afar. But on this trail it didn't take long before all 4 of us were covered in hundreds of these pesky little creatures. At one point they were so overwhelmingly present that we hardly noticed the scenery as we were too busy tapping these pests of eachother's bodies. I even got bitten through my t-shirt.
    So please don't forget to bring some insect repellent!!!

    After this we returned to the visitor centre

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    Right next to the second bonebed you'll see the start of the trail of the fossil hunters.

    This short trail of about 1 km (one way) isn't a loop, so you'll have to re-trace your steps to get back to the parking.
    The entire walk will take about 45 minutes to complete, as always of course without the time you need to read and watch.

    The end of this trail is at a historic quarry. At this quarry an Albertosaurus and a Euoplocephalus were found. The spots where they were discovered are marked with iron poles in the ground.
    Along the way to the quarry you'll see a large number of interpretive signs again. This time they'll tell you about the first fossil hunters that came to this area and thus became some of the most famous paleontologist ever.

    Next stop: Cottonwood Flats trail

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    On the other side of the hill of the first fossil house, you'll find the second fossil house as well as the 'Trail of the fossil hunters'.

    The second fossil house covers the remains of a centrosaurus.
    This specific specimen was discovered in 1977. The fossil house is a recreation of this find.

    As with the first bonebed, you can either read everything or just give it a quick glance ...

    Next up: the trail of the fossil hunters

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