Welcome To Paleo Prospectors!


How It Works

Hunt with the Experts

You get to spend a week hunting for dinosaur bones with guides out in the field!

Keep what you find

You will be able to keep almost everything that you find. In most cases each participant finds several hundred bone fragments, ten or so mostly complete bones and an occasional tooth and claw.

Start something awesome

There aren't many cooler things you can say than "Hey, want to look at my fossil collection? It's a hobby." At least, that's what we would like to think.

Please See our Guide to Ethical Collecting for More Details

Some of our sessions mention Oligocene ranches; Oreodont skulls are relatively common here

This ranch will provide collectors with an excellent opportunity to obtain articulated specimens that they can keep such as Oreodonts and giant tortoises

Our 2022 Field Season

2022 Sessions

2022 Preseason Sign Up

Choose a week (or two) to come collect your own fossils!
  • #1
    20/20 slots filled

    Sun June 12 to Sat June 18

    Student dig week.

  • #2
    32/30 slots filled

    Baker, Montana

    Sun June 19 to Sat June 25

    Baker Montana: This ranch has 12,000 acres of Hell Creek exposure. One of the most productive ranches we have ever seen.

  • #3
    23/20 slots filled

    Glasgow, Montana

    Sun June 26 to Sat July 2

    The Judith River Ranch houses a beautiful, 20 mile long, 700 foot deep gorge. The gorge that runs through the prairie is older than other formations, and has been the discovery site for ceratopsians and albertosourus; This session is NOT recommended for people who are not in shape!

  • #4
    18/22 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 3 to Sat July 9

    This truly superb Oligocene ranch produced exceptional finds in 2020. The discoveries included numerous tortoises, oreodonts, camels, giant pigs, rhinos of all sizes, saber cats, horses, deer, an assortment of other smaller animals, and even a duck egg.

  • #5
    20/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 10 to Sat July 16

    This is an excellent Lance Formation, Cretaceous ranch. It covers over 30,000 acres and has been very productive. It will be covered in one week. In addition, one day will be spent on the above mentioned Oligocene ranch.

  • #6
    16/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 17 to Sat July 23

    This week we will be prospecting on a selection of Lance formation ranches in the Newcastle Area. We will also prospect on the above referenced Oligocene ranch for one day.

  • #7
    9/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 24 to Sat July 30

    This week we will be prospecting on a selection of Lance formation ranches in the Newcastle Area. We will also prospect on the above referenced Oligocene ranch for one day.

  • WE KNOW,

Our Amazing Team

Meet the people who make Paleo Prospectors possible!

Dr. Steve Nicklas, PHD

Paleo Prospectors Founder

Rob Sula

Lead Guide

Michael Payne


Devin Schindler

Business Manager and Assistant Guide

Zack Heck


What our participants are saying:

"It is so cool that we get to explore and find our own fossils! The fact that I am the first person to ever lay eyes on the fossil is awesome!" - Caitlin Flake

"An unforgettable experience... I can't wait to go back next year!" - Paul Weiler

"I love how we are able to preserve the past. The anticipationn of what we might find keeps us on our toes all the time. Last but not least the bathrooms are phenomenal (thats because you are outside with a 360 degree view of the mountains, plains, and horny toads!)" - Megan Graham

"Taking trips with Paleo Prospectors was a life changer. I look back at these excursions as some of the happiest times of my life." - Robert Peterson

"Once a pile of stuff I found turned out the be a 30 foot Tylosaur. The look on Steve's face was priceless!" - Thomas Williams

The following list covers most of what you will need for our time in the field:

  • Hat
  • Rain Coat
  • Camera
  • Canteen
  • Work Gloves
  • Good Hiking Boots & Socks
  • Shorts & Long pants
  • Knee Pads (optional)
  • Light Coat
  • Back Pack (large capacity)
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Block
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Windbreaker
  • Wrist Watch
  • Personal Rock Hammer (optional)
  • Pocket Knife
  • Gumption

Hotel Info

*Hotel included in trip cost (double occupancy)

Sage Motel: Newcastle, Wyoming

Fly into: Rapid City, South Dakota
Address: 1227 S. Summit Newcastle, Wyoming 82701
Phone Number: 307-746-2724
Website: https://www.thesagemotel.com
Notes: Great motel!

Montana Motel: Baker, Montana

Fly into: Rapid City, South Dakota
Address: 716 Montana Ave, Baker Montana, 59313
Phone Number: 406-778-3315
Notes: We've moved from last year.

Contact Us

Business Manager Devin Schindler

[email protected]

3333 Wildridge Dr Ne Grand Rapids Mi 49525


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