Digging for Dinosaurs in Montana

Is there any wonder why kids are obsessed dinosaurs? From the massive T-Rexes that left their footprints in the earth to the tiny bird-like Velociraptors who scurried through the bushes, kids love learning and imagining about dinosaurs. If you’ve got future paleontologists in your family, then add these dinosaur destinations to your Montana travel plans. Maybe the next great dino discovery will be named after them!

By Schildtknecht Cara, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Schildtknecht Cara, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re feeling adventurous enough to take on a dinosaur tour of your own, check out The Montana Dinosaur Trail, a comprehensive list of all things Jurassic in Montana. You may just impress the kids with all you dinosaur knowledge. Thanks to this page I learned about Makoshika State Park, the site to over ten different dinosaur species have been excavated and quite possibly my kids’ favorite campground.

Home to one of the largest dinosaur bones collections in the world, Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman is always a highlight of a trip through Montana. Check out their calendar for weekly events like the Tours for Tots that lets kids get hands-on in the museum.

Ready to get down and dirty with a rock pick? Then make reservations at Baisch’s Dinosaur Digs in Glendive. Site to some pretty exciting dinosaur discoveries, the dig offers you and your kids the chance to experience to not only dig around for bones, but if you’re lucky enough you may be able to take them with you. Talk about a souvenir!

PaleoWorld Research Foundation in Jordan offers expeditions for families to live a day in the life of a paleontologist. Digs are available in June through July and you can choose between Dig-For-A-Day options or stay for the whole summer. There are RV sites available with electricity and water hook-ups, or you can rough it up a little more with a tent site. 

If you’re traveling with little ones who may not be able to last for the length of these dinosaur digs, then make your own site closer to camp. Buy plastic dinosaur toys and bury them in the dirt or hide them around the RV, then watch as your little paleontologists make their discoveries. It’s a simple way to keep them entertained.

Ready to head out on your own exploration of Montana’s dinosaur sites? Check out our Missoula RV dealership location to see our newest arrivals today!

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