Unique Adventures in Central Montana

The phone rings. It’s my cousin and she’s looking for ideas for a summer vacation. Before I ask what interests her family has, I start blurting out an entire list of ideas. Knowing there are kids involved I immediately think of our our summer dinosaur digs and our six amazing museums on Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. If they are traveling on US Hwy 2 (Montana’s Hi-Line) they could stop at the Blaine County Museum in Chinook and … Read more

Passports for Dinosaur Travelers

Members of the Montana Dinosaur Trail have developed a passport for the fourteen museums on the trail. For $5 you get a very official looking passport with the logo for the dino trail on the cover, a page dedicated to each museum, fun fossil facts about the dinosaur fossil found in each area, artwork depicting each dinosaur, a place for field notes and the passport stamp. Each museum on the Montana Dinosaur Trail has their own unique … Read more

Discovering Dinosaurs – Digs, Displays and Museums

Montana has had some incredibly significant discoveries of fossils, most noteworthy are the dinosaur bones. Fourteen areas have joined together to form the Montana Dinosaur Trail coverning eastern, central and southwest Montana. This past weekend I met with the members of the Montana Dinosaur Trail and I’d like to share some information about a few of them. If you are traveling on US Hwy 2 from the North Dakota border and traveling west you could stop at … Read more

Montana’s Dinosaur

A lot of folks on a Montana vacation don’t realize we have a state dinosaur – yup – it’s the Maiasaura unearthed fairly close to Choteau, MT. I was in Choteau recently and if you are driving towards Glacier National Park on US 89 you’ll go right through the middle of Choteau.The highway actually divides right before downtown Choteau, goes around the stately Teton County Courthouse, then comes back together to take travelers through downtown. … Read more

Making Plaster in the Field

Just think about this – you are out on the plains of Central Montana working on a dinosaur “discovery” and it’s time to make a field jacket for it so it doesn’t get disturbed. A little precious water (no running water here!) is mixed with powdered plaster of paris and you’ve got the stuff to make the jacket. We were west of Choteau, MT with Two Medicine Dinosaur Center and these kids were having so much fun … Read more

We Are Looking For Dinosaur Fossils

Our group of exploring kids set off early the other day to get a glimpse of what the area looked like where dinosaurs once roamed. We were on the Rocky Mountain Front west of Choteau. The scenic backdrop is stunning with a wide open view of the Rocky Mountains. We also had pretty blue sky with occasional clouds – nice! There was very little vegetation where we were walking in search of dinosaur bones. It’s early July and our … Read more

Becoming Dinosaurs

Hey, let’s hope we don’t become like dinosaurs! I stopped by Barnes & Noble last Sunday to secure Dave Trexler’s autograph on his new book “Becoming Dinosaurs”. In Dave’s words it is a prehistoric perspective on climate change today. Dave is a paleontologist who leads dino digs out of Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum, MT (north of Choteau). He has worked on this interesting book for a long time. So far, I’m about a … Read more

An Interesting Visit to Two Medicine Dinosaur Center

The other day when I was heading north on US Hwy 89 I stopped in Bynum, MT (north of Choteau if you don’t have your map handy!). Two Medicine Dinosaur Center is the most obvious business there – a very large steel building with a big logo featuring a dinosaur gracing the front of the building. It’s one of those “can’t miss” attractions as you drive on this highway. I’ve been to Two Medicine quite … Read more

Good Times in Choteau

Four of us traveled northwest of Great Falls on US 89 last week. Our first stop was in Choteau. We met Al Wiseman, a local Metis, who works tirelessly to keep the history of this mixed blood race alive. Outside the Old Trail Museum (open seasonally Memorial Day – Labor Day) there is a replica of one of the Red River carts that many Metis used to carry their belongings. Quite a few Metis settled in … Read more

Chinook’s Blaine County Museum

Today we are cruising east on US Hwy 2 from Havre to Chinook. Our first stop is the Blaine County Museum. There are several notable themes at the musem – area homestead history, Chief Joseph and the Battle of the Bear Paw, and the Montana Dinosaur Trail. The Blaine County Museum serves as interim visitor center for the historic Bear Paw Battlefield 16 miles south of Chinook. Park ranger Stephanie Martin was on hand to … Read more