Interpretive Programs such as bus tours and hikes begin on Saturday of the Victoria Day (May) long weekend and run until mid October. Reservations are highly recommended for these popular programs.
There are Interpretive Programs for all ages and all levels of physical ability. Age limits for each program are strictly adhered to plus some programs have footwear restrictions (no sandals or crocs).
For any outdoor programs, please make sure you bring a hat, water bottle, sturdy closed toe and heel footwear (running shoes are fine but no crocs or sandals), sunscreen and insect repellent.
Hike 2 kilometres over sandstone ridges to a former dig site where hundreds of horned dinosaurs died 76 million years ago. Due to distance and extreme heat there is an age restriction on this hike which is 7 years and up. Babies, toddlers and children 6 years and under are not allowed on this rugged hike.
The Centrosaurus Quarry Hike offers a Family rate and the online reservation site will pick the best deal for your family of up to 5. Families include 2 Adults and their Youth (7-17 years). Other tickets that do not fit into the Family rate will remain at the regular price and added to your purchase.
Hike through rugged dry streambeds and over sandstone ridges to reach a bonebed that contains the remains of hundreds of horned dinosaurs! For ages 7 and up. (No pets allowed on interpretive tour programs, in the park buses or in the Park Visitor Centre please.)
Price: Adult $18, Youth $8, Family $44
When you purchase a combination of 2 Adults and 2-3 Youth or 1 Adult and 3-4 Youth (up to 5 seats total) the program will find you the best rate and offer the Family pricing for 5 persons.
Length of program: 2 hours 30 minutes
Ages: Ages 7 years and up. For safety reasons, infants and toddlers are not allowed on this hike. Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult - 2 km distance over rough uneven ground in sometimes extreme heat. Requires good balance as some steep areas of sandstone and mudstone are difficult to negotiate; you may have to scramble and use your hands to get up or down ridges.
Capacity: 24 people/hike. Bus capacity of 24 persons is strictly adhered to (park bus is used to reach the trailhead).
Wheelchair accessible: No
The Centrosaurus Quarry Hike is your best opportunity to see the unequalled concentration of dinosaur fossils that makes Dinosaur Provincial Park world famous. You will journey through dry sandy streambeds and over rugged mudstone and sandstone ridges to reach a former dig site, known as a bonebed, that contains the remains of hundreds of horned dinosaurs! This is one of many horned dinosaur bonebeds found in Dinosaur Provincial Park.
Be prepared for your hike: for your safety and comfort please bring water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Note footwear restriction on all hikes: participants must wear sturdy closed toe and closed heel footwear; NO sandals or flip-flops allowed on hikes! Also note age restrictions for this hike. No toddlers or "babes in arms/carriers" for safety reasons.
Alternate Program: In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled or replaced with alternate programs at the regular ticket price. Content of program is the same or similar. Refunds are available if visitors choose not to participate in the alternate program.
Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel up to 48 hours (2 days) before the event and receive a refund of their program fee, however the $5 booking fee is non-refundable. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded. Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 378-4344.