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Address: 19159 Star Gazer Ln, Belle Fourche, SD 57717-6314

PALEOADVENTURES is a dinosaur dig, tour company, based out of beautiful...

PALEOADVENTURES is a dinosaur dig, tour company, based out of beautiful Belle Fourche, South Dakota. We take small groups of people to private, top secret ranches, in search of dinosaur bones. Guests are taught the proper tools and techniques for field excavation, documentation procedures and answer any dinosaur questions they might have. Once we think you have the techniques down, we let you dig in the quarry, searching for 65 million year old treasures. Unlike other "dig experiences", guests even get to keep some of the common fossils that they find. Commercial grade material can be purchased for an additional fee. Scientific grade fossils are reserved for museums only. You must be 8 years old or older and in good physical condition to join the hunt. Tours are from June through September and by appointment only. Come dig for over 20 different dinosaur genera, including; Triceratops, Ankylosaurus, Edmontosaurus and the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex! PaleoAdventures- Resurrecting the past one grain at a time!

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Fantastic experience really digging for dinosaurs. I stayed 2 days. I did not expect such a realistic experience, it is EXACTLY like being in the field as a pro palentologist. The... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2016
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Fantastic experience really digging for dinosaurs. I stayed 2 days. I did not expect such a realistic experience, it is EXACTLY like being in the field as a pro palentologist. The guides are fabulous and entertaining. Definitely will be back next season!

Thank Joyce B
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the exhibits and the information that went along with each. There were many opportunities for interactions.

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Reviewed 3 July 2016

My son and I have been coming back to excavate fossils with Walter for 7 years. Walter is an incredible guide. Even if you know absolutely nothing about fossils, he can teach you everything you need to know and more! If you have ever wanted to dig for fossils, this is the company you want to be with.

1 Thank Jason M
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Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

My son is 11 and has been into dinosaurs since a very young age. I found Paleo Adventures because Walter allows younger children to dig as well. Walter was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable in the surrounding area. He encouraged my son to follow his dreams regardless of the opportunities that are available. He also provided suggestions on... More 

Thank Jennifer C
Fergus Falls, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 15 January 2016

Awesome visit. 2 hr drive out to Tooth Draw was worth it. While I spent most of the time digging at a turtle shell that I did not end up getting to keep (scientific value) my wife spent most of her time on a duckbill tendon. The kids each scored a T-rex tooth early (which was kind of bad for... More 

1 Thank Richard L
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews
Reviewed 9 September 2015

This was an amazingly authentic Paleontology dig and it exceeded all of our expectations. With the expert guiding and instructions from Walter, we found Raptor, Crocodile and T-Rex teeth and had a wonderful time digging for them. The hour+ drive out to the dig site was filled with educational and enriching stories surrounding the time of the dinosaurs and paleontology... More 

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Reviewed 8 September 2015

I cannot rate this experience highly enough. I traveled with my wife and two boys ages 9 & 7 for a full days dinosaur digging. Walter who is the owner/operator is an extremely well informed paleontologist who is overflowing with fascinating information about all things dinosaur related. I was amazed that my boys coped with smiles for the full day... More 

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Dixon, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

My son and I wanted to sign up to go on a real dinosaur dig. We found PaleoAdventures and signed on for a true adventure. We were not disappointed! Walter is a great teacher, host, & wonderful story teller. We loved every minute and look forward to taking my husband back with us when we go again. We learned so... More 

1 Thank CorkyMc62
Huntington, New York, United States
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

Went out with Walter two days. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, patient and a great storyteller! PaleoAdventures is very professional and a great experience for anyone interested in fossil collection. Well worth the trip to South Dakota.

Thank Marcy R
Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed 26 July 2015

If you have any interest at all in the world of dinosaurs and are fascinated by field science, then this is THE adventure for you. Walter "Bill" Stein, a paleontologist, and his wife Heather will take you into a real dig site to dig for REAL fossils. Explaining the excavation technique and the science of field work, Bill is an... More 

Thank Christopher M

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