Dinosaur Trail

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This article is about the highways in Alberta. For the museums in Montana, see Montana Dinosaur Trail. For the TV episode, see Mouk.

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Dinosaur Trail
Route information
Maintained by Alberta Transportation
Tourist loop around the Drumheller Valley
Length: 48 km[2] (30 mi)
Component
highways:
Restrictions: Bleriot Ferry closed during the winter.[1]
Location
Specialized
and rural
municipalities:
Starland County, Kneehill County
Towns: Drumheller
Highway system
Provincial highways in Alberta

The Dinosaur Trail is a circular tourist route in the province of Alberta, Canada, located in the Canadian badlands paralleling the Red Deer River on both sides, from Drumheller to the Bleriot Ferry. It is divided in two segments, with the South Dinosaur Trail following the south side of the river and uses portions of Highway 575 and Highway 837, while North Dinosaur Trail follows the north side of the river and is the entirety of Highway 838. The north and south segments of Dinosaur Trail are connected by the Highway 9 / Highway 56 concurrency within Drumheller.

Route description[edit]

Sign marking the Dinosaur Trail in the Drumheller Valley

The Dinosaur Trail begins at the the 2 Street SW / South Railway Avenue intersection (Highway 9 / 56) in Drumheller and travels west along South Railway Avenue (Highway 575).[3] On the western outskirts of the Drumheller townsite, it passes the amphitheatre which houses the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, and continues past the former hamlet of Nacmine, which is now within Drumheller. At the Highway 575/837 intersection, the Dinosaur Trail turns onto Highway 837 while Highway 575 heads west towards Carbon. The Dinosaur Trail continues northwest along the Red Deer River to the intersection of Highway 837/838 intersection, where it turns east onto Highway 838. It crosses the Red Deer River on the free, cable-operated Bleriot Ferry, which has been running since 1913[4] and operates from late April to November.[1] North of the river, the Dinosaur Trail briefly exits the valley and re-enters it near Horsethief Canyon. The Dinosaur Trail passes through Midland Provincial Park and past the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology before ending at Highway 9 / 56 back in Drumheller. The loop is completed by following Highway 9 / 56 (Bridge Street and 2nd Street W) across the Red Deer River, through downtown Drumheller, and rejoining Highway 575.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

Beginning at the 2 Street SW and South Railway Avenue intersection in Drumheller and travelling clockwise.[3]

Rural/specialized municipality Location km[2] mi Destinations Notes
Town of Drumheller Drumheller
(Townsite)
0 0.0 Hwy 9 / Hwy 56 – Downtown, Hwy 10, Calgary 51°27′43″N 112°42′38″W / 51.46194°N 112.71056°W / 51.46194; -112.71056 (Dinosaur Trail km 00)
Dinosaur Trail follows Hwy 575 west (South Railway Avenue)
Nacmine 6 3.7 2nd Street 51°28′9″N 112°47′23″W / 51.46917°N 112.78972°W / 51.46917; -112.78972 (Dinosaur Trail km 06)
Kneehill County 11 6.8 Hwy 575 west / Hwy 837 north – Carbon Dinosaur Trail branches northwest
51°30′7″N 112°51′3″W / 51.50194°N 112.85083°W / 51.50194; -112.85083 (Dinosaur Trail km 11)
Dinosaur Trail follows Hwy 837 north
21 13 Hwy 837 north / Hwy 838 Dinosaur Trail branches east
51°34′7″N 112°54′42″W / 51.56861°N 112.91167°W / 51.56861; -112.91167 (Dinosaur Trail km 21)
Dinosaur Trail follows Hwy 838 east
↑ / ↓ 23 14 Bleriot Ferry crosses the Red Deer River 51°34′23″N 112°53′7″W / 51.57306°N 112.88528°W / 51.57306; -112.88528 (Dinosaur Trail km 23)
Starland County 27 17 Township Road 302 – Munson Dinosaur Trail branches south
51°33′40″N 112°50′27″W / 51.56111°N 112.84083°W / 51.56111; -112.84083 (Dinosaur Trail km 27)
Town of Drumheller Midland Provincial Park 41 25 Royal Tyrrell Museum access road 51°28′27″N 112°46′59″W / 51.47417°N 112.78306°W / 51.47417; -112.78306 (Dinosaur Trail km 41)
Drumheller
(Townsite)
46 29 Hwy 9 east / Hwy 56 north – Hanna, Stettler Dinosaur Trail branches south
51°28′17″N 112°42′44″W / 51.47139°N 112.71222°W / 51.47139; -112.71222 (Dinosaur Trail km 46)
Dinosaur Trail follows Hwy 9 west / Hwy 56 south (Bridge Street)
47 29 Crosses the Red Deer River 51°28′04″N 112°42′43″W / 51.467779°N 112.712040°W / 51.467779; -112.712040 (Dinosaur Trail km 47)
47–
48
29–
30
Passes through Downtown Drumheller
48
0
30
0.0
Hwy 9 west / Hwy 56 south – Hwy 10, Calgary
Hwy 575 west (South Railway Avenue)
Dinosaur Trail branches west
51°27′43″N 112°42′38″W / 51.46194°N 112.71056°W / 51.46194; -112.71056 (Dinosaur Trail km 48)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ferries". Alberta Transportation. Government of Alberta. October 2, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Google (February 2, 2017). "Dinosaur Trail in Alberta" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Alberta Back Road Atlas (2014 ed.). Oshawa, ON: Canadian Cartographics Corporation. p. 200. ISBN 978-155368-019-2. 
  4. ^ "Dinosaur Trail & Hoodoo Drive". Lonely Planet. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 

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