For those of you who do not have the time or ability to participate in an actual dig experience we offer an hour-and-a-half trip to our most famous and scientifically significant dig site, the most aptly named Something Interesting (SI) quarry. By taking a short 10-minute ride in our tour vehicle, you will receive an instructional tour, your family will not soon forget.
Your visit to the extraordinarily rich dig site, begins with a brief introduction to the geology of the area, a general background and history of the museum and dig sites, where most of our bones are found, and an overview of the dinosaurs found on our property. We make sure to not be too technical in our delivery so to make the information interesting and enjoyable to hear for all participants of all ages. The SI quarry is covered by a large building which houses the entire site and provides ample shade for every visitor.
Although first discovered and excavated 20 years ago, SI remains an active dig site to this day. We have currently counted almost 1,300 bones excavated from this single location in an area of roughly 1,350 square feet, which is roughly one bone per square foot. Along with details about the bones found, you will also be informed about our digging practices, the tools, and other techniques used at this site and others. You may even have the chance to see staff and guests actively excavating.
Dig site tours run four times a day, weather permitting—at 9:00 and 11:00 AM, and 1:00 and 3:00 PM —on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that summer days in Wyoming can be very bright and hot—in the 90’s and sometimes (though not often) above 100 degrees F, so hats, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and water bottles are encouraged. Tours are mostly in the shade and not strenuous—no hiking involved—but there are six steps to climb in and out of the quarry. Water coolers and a portable toilet facility are at the site.