8:00am We will Begin the 'road-trip' portion of our adventure from the Crowne Plaza in Downtown Denver, Colorado. Staff will lead the way in the Pickup truck loaded with tools and gear and we will drive approximately 5.5 hours north to Paleo Park and the Zerbst Ranch near Newcastle Wyoming (map). We'll make a stop at the Univesity of Wyoming to explore the campus and check out the incredible collection of fossils housed in the Geological Museum. Throughout our travels, Our vehicles will be connected via CB radios so you won't miss a thing when our staff starts to 'nerd-out' about points of geological interest, wildlife spotting, and bathroom breaks!
Along this scenic drive, we will observe the landforms and wildlife that make this part of Wyoming such a beautiful backdrop for adventure.
Out our windows we are likely to see birds of prey, prong-horn antelope, and bison and other wildlife. We will ford the shallow Cheyenne river in our vehicles and have a chance to ride across it on a historic hand-cart before arriving at the ranch in time to have dinner with our hosts, the family of cowboy-ranchers who have worked this area since it was homesteaded in the early 1800's.
Directions from Dinosaur Ridge to Paleo Park Lab and Bunkhouse: