Dinosaur Bone Hunting Tours
Join fossil experts Colorado Bob Ross and Stacy Linn Brown on one of Tom’s Tours exclusive dinosaur bone hunting tours! Walk the lands the dinosaurs roamed and the ancients held sacred as Colorado Bob and Stacy teach you about the majestic Four Corners area, home of the BEST rock hunting on the entire planet! Uncover fossils, dinosaur bones, petrified wood, gems, crystals and more! Fill your authentic, souvenir ore bag with treasures our team of experts will teach you how to find. Located on exclusive private land, the Dino Zone contains T-Rex fossils (bones and teeth), as well as prehistoric turtles and other ancient sea life.
Bob is featured on the hit TV show Prospectors on The Weather Channel. Whether you’re a life-long rock hound or novice, Bob and his team will enlighten and educate you to learn about the Earth, one rock at a time. The incredible views and profound silence of the ancient desert will provide an experience you’ll talk about for years to come. Just ask any of our past guests! Rock and fossil huntin’ at its finest!
See important information on how best to prepare for your dinosaur bone hunting tour below!
Meet Colorado Bob Ross
‘Colorado Bob’ Ross, genuine prospector and part owner of the Bessie G Mine (located in La Plata County, Colorado) is offering up some mighty fine field trips for those of you hankering to do some rock hunting or prospecting. You may have seen Colorado Bob on the hit show ‘Prospectors’ on The Weather Channel.
Well, Bob’s been doing this rock gig for a mighty long time—just ask locals in the greater Four Corners area, including the Geological staff at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Bob Ross is their go-to-guy for answers about rocks, gems or minerals they find and want to know more about. But that’s exactly what Bob loves doing—educating people about how rocks tell the story of our evolution through space and time, and specifically, the importance of preserving these irreplaceable time capsules from the past.
So, with true Southwestern hospitality, we invite you to check out our tours offering a rare opportunity to spend quality time with Durango’s favorite tour guide, Colorado Bob Ross. Whether it’s prospecting in the heart of the Rockies, or searching in the high desert for a rare nugget from the past, Colorado Bob will help you learn about the Earth, one rock at a time.
As Colorado Bob gently reminds folks on his tours, “Every rock is a snowflake. There’s only one like it in the entire world. So, if you pick a rock up to take home, you are responsible for its care as the one-of-a-kind treasure it is for as long as you possess it. Once they’re gone—they’re gone forever. It’s up to us to be the caretakers of what is left while we still can.”
Find out more about Colorado Bob Ross on his website bobsrocks4u.com.
Wear good hiking boots or sneakers, socks, long pants (capris aren’t suggested) and long sleeves because there’s cactus, stickers, prickly shrubs and sometimes critters. Being covered up is the very best protection from the sun. You’ll need a hat, sunglasses, and bring layers. The temperature during the day can vary a lot, depending on the season. For your safety, please avoid wearing shorts, tank tops, flip flops or sandals.
A lightweight backpack, a hat, sunscreen, and make sure to bring your camera. You’ll definitely want to capture the moment you find a crystallized chunk of petrified wood, or a dinosaur vertebrae, or a turtle shell millions of years old. Many locations we’ll be going to is private land owned by the Navajo people. We are their guests so please honor their privacy.
Water: We always have water available, but you may wish to bring your own water bottle. It’s easy to get dehydrated in the desert so make water a priority. Your lightweight backpack will be your new BFF.
We will provide transportation from Durango to the dig site and back. Your trip includes a nice sack lunch from one of our excellent establishments in Durango including a sandwich, chips, and fruit. We will have plenty of water, but you may wish to bring your own water bottle. We’ll bring blankets to sit on for our picnic lunch wherever we can find shade. We may even have a show and tell session during our picnic, and afterwards we’ll all go back out to find more rocks and fossils.
We will provide an authentic ore bag for you to collect your finds and it’s yours to keep! Our guests are allowed to keep what they find that fits in the ore bag plus one medium sized (or a bit larger if we have space) to take home with you! When it comes to hunting dinosaur fossils, we don’t know of any other tours that provide this unique benefit.
Physical Handicap: Unfortunately, we are not equipped for the physically handicapped. Our tours are better suited for people who are active or can at least walk well. The ground can be uneven, steep in places, and rocky.
Age Limits: Our tours are not suitable for children under 4.
Pets: No pets except pre-approved service dogs for guests without mobility concerns.
Punctuality: Your prompt arrival on the morning of your tour, and preparedness, can make the trip go smoother for all of us. While we understand stuff happens, please be considerate and do your best to arrive at the designated times specific to your tour. We’re sorry that we can’t provide refunds for tardy guests that miss the departure time.
Prospectors TV Show
on the Weather Channel
The Busses go underground to find gold at Colorado Bob’s Bessie G mine.
Colorado Bob instructing guests Maddy, Fred, Hollie, and Karen at the Dino Zone.
Stacy Linn Brown with tour guests at the Dino Zone.
Groups limited to 8 people, as Bob likes to spend quality time with his guests. Bob also offers discounts for groups taggin’ along together and can customize packages specifically for your group, club or organization’s needs. Just ask!
Bottled water, snacks, and a sack lunch are provided. Lunch options include your choice of: Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, Salami, Veggie and Gluten Free sandwiches.
Stacy Linn Brown explaining the geology of the area to guest Fred.