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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.

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

Click to view current open slots for 2019 and 2020

2019 Sessions

2020 Sessions

2019 Sign Up

Choose a week (or two) to come collect your own fossils!
  • #1
    4/20 slots filled

    Chadron, Nebraska

    Sun June 16 to Sat June 22

    Cretaceous marine and new productive Oligocene ranches in and around the area of Chadron. Excellent in 2017.

  • #2
    15/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun June 23 to Sat June 29

    Traditionally a very good Lance formation ranch with abundant triceratops material, plant fossils and petrified wood. One day will be spent on a fantastic 44,000 acre Oligocene ranch south of Newcastle.

  • #3
    14/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun June 30 to Sat July 6

    Due to the totally unprecedented discoveries on the this ranch in 2017 this week will be dedicated to the removal of some of the 6+ animals found in 2017.

  • #4
    23/22 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 7 to Sat July 13

    This week we will be collecting the same ranch as the previous week, which has proven to be the best ranch that we have ever collected. One day will be spent on the above mentioned Oligocene ranch south of Newcastle.

  • #5
    19/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 14 to Sat July 20

    Same as above but different sections of the ranches.

  • #6
    22/20 slots filled

    South/North Dakota

    Sun July 21 to Sat July 27

    This week will be split between the ranches in and around SD and ND.

  • #7
    20/20 slots filled

    Glasgow, Montana

    Sun July 28 to Sat August 3

    During our last session, we will be on a Judith River formation ranch, North West of Glasgow. Last year was another excellent week of collecting on this physically demanding ranch. For those able to tough it out it always provides excellent fossils. New areas uncollected in past years were investigated this year with very positive results. In addition we are beginning, finally, to understand the nature of the fossil bearing layers in the Valley.

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2020 Preseason Sign Up

$250 Discount Per Person

For a $500 deposit (per person) you are guaranteed a spot at the ranch of your choice as well as a $250 discount (per person). This offer is good through August 2019.
  • #1
    2/20 slots filled

    Chadron, Nebraska

    Sun June 14 to Sat June 20

    Staff week with students, no collecting.

  • #2
    6/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun June 21 to Sat June 27

    This is a very good Lance formation ranch with abundant Triceratops material, plant fossils, invertebrates and petrified wood. One day will be spent on a massive, brand-new Oligocene ranch south of Newcastle.

  • #3
    8/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun June 28 to Sat July 4

    New Oligicene Ranch

    This truly superb Oligocene ranch produced exceptional finds in 2019. 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 4 inch duck egg.

  • #4
    17/22 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 5 to Sat July 11

    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.

  • #5
    19/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 12 to Sat July 18
    NEW RANCH

    This week we will be prospecting on a brand-new Lance formation ranch neighboring the ranch we are collecting during sessions 3 and 4. This property covers an area of 33,000 acres and will be collected during both sessions 5 and 6. We will also prospect on the above referenced Oligocene ranch for one day.

  • #6
    20/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 19 to Sat July 25
    NEW RANCH

    This week we will be prospecting on previously uncollected areas of the above-mentioned ranch. There will also be one day of Oligocene collecting as well.

  • #7
    20/20 slots filled

    Newcastle, Wyoming

    Sun July 26 to Sat August 1
    NEW RANCH

    This week we will be collecting on several brand-new Lance formation ranches, located in the same area. These ranches collectively cover more than 15,000 acres and are totally new to Paleo Prospectors. There will be one day of Oligocene collecting as well.

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Our Amazing Team

Meet the people who make Paleo Prospectors possible!

Steve Nicklas

Paleo Prospectors Founder

Rob Sula

Lead Guide

Caitlin Flake

Guide

Michael Payne

Guide

Zack Heck

Guide

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 Steves 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: http://sagemotel.weebly.com/
Notes: Great motel!

Westerner Motel: Chadron, Nebraska

Fly into: Rapid City, South Dakota
Address: 300 Oak St. Chadron, NE. 69337
Phone Number: 308-432-5577
Website: http://www.westernerinns.com/
Notes: Great motel!

Contact Us

Dr. Steve Nicklas

[email protected]

6181 Hawkins Dr. Cumming Ga 30028

678-316-4983


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