Dinosaur Excavation and Taphonomic Research Project


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"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where—" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"—so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "If you only walk long enough."
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Travel and the Area

The Dinosaur Project is located on a private cattle ranch in eastern Wyoming. The closest town is Newcastle, Wyoming.

The Black Hills in South Dakota are visible from camp, and within easy driving distance from the site are a number of natural wonders, parks, and museums.

There are several ways and conveyances that one can travel to Camp Cretaceous, the Project Site.

by van or car from Keene, TX

Generally, most students will travel in a university vehicle leaving the Southwestern Adventist University campus and after about 21 hours of driving arriving at the project site.

Students and others who wish to "caravan" with the university transportation are welcome to do so.

by car from some other place

Detailed driving directions are available to those participants who are arriving by car. Access requires a user name and password which are available by contacting the project directors once an Application form has been submitted.

It is important that the location of the Project Site remain confidential. This is to protect both the actual site and remains from vandalism or theft and to protect this working cattle ranch from unauthorized visitors. The information is given to you for your personal use. Please do not duplicate and/or give to anyone else without authorization from the Earth History Research Center or the Hanson Research Station.

 detailed directions 

In all cases where a private vehicle is driven to the Project site, the expectations are:

non-credit participants
 must notify one of the Project Directors before driving the vehicle away from the camp site
credit earning participants
 must request permission from one of the Project Directors in order to drive the vehicle away from the camp site

by air

The closest major airport is in Rapid City, SD. If you notify one of the Project Directors with date, time, and flight information, then arrangements can be made to pick you up at the Rapid City airport, which is about 2.5 hours (or 120 miles) from Camp Cretaceous.

Arrangements can also be made to take you to this airport.

Keep in mind that a trip to the airport and return involves about 5 hours for the driver. We are happy to do this, but it is helpful if airport runs could be somewhat combined.
In addition:

  • We would prefer not to make an airport trip on Saturday.
  • Departures before 9:00am Rapid City time (MDT) creates real difficulties—a 9:00am departure means leaving Camp Cretaceous by 6:00am Camp time (CDT) to get you to the airport 1.5 hours before departure.
  • Departures on the last day, Thursday, should be scheduled in the mid to late afternoon.
As you plan your air trip, please check the current schedule and/or contact the Project Directors. They would know if someone else is flying in or out near the time you are planning. It may not be possible to adjust your arrival and departure times and dates (without a significant increase in cost), but it would be appreciative if a simple change could allow two or more participants to make the same trip to or from the airport.

current airport run schedule   [opens in new window]

Rapid City Regional Airport   [opens in new window]

Rapid City Airport to Newcastle directions


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