Montage Big Sky now helps you dig for dinosaur fossils in Montana

The next big trend in luxury travel is fossil digging – at least according to Montage Big Sky.

Opening in 2022 amidst Montana's towering Spanish Peaks, the five-star hotel has just unveiled a new experience that involves digging for dinosaurs.

Exclusive to guests of the 100-room resort, the eight-hour Dino Dig tour includes a helicopter flight over the Spanish Peaks and Yellowstone National Park, where guests can learn more about the region's diverse wildlife and landscape. The dig itself takes place at the Wickens' Ranch archaeological site. Guides tell more about the prehistoric life that once lived in the area while guests channel their inner paleontologist as they dig through the earth.

The eight-hour Dino Dig begins with a helicopter flight.

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Any fossils you discover on the expedition are yours to take home. And be prepared to stumble upon something: this area is a treasure trove of fossils. Paleontologists have found 75 different species of dinosaurs in Montana, more than in any other state in the US. The first skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex was unearthed in Montana in 1902. After (hopefully) making some great discoveries, guests are flown back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation.

Yellowstone National Park

Guests fly over Yellowstone National Park.

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At 500,000 square feet, Montage Big Sky is the largest hotel in Montana. It also has the highest nightly rates in the state, with rooms and suites ranging from $525 to $12,000 per night. The high prices are offset by lavish amenities. The alpine retreat features six restaurants, a 10,000-square-foot spa, a cowboy boot boutique, the only bowling alley in Big Sky and a state-of-the-art fitness center with Pelotons.

The hand of a paleontologist uses a brush to clean fossil bones of sand and stone

Guests are allowed to keep everything they find during the excavation.


Outside, the grounds include a pool, ice skating rink, tubing hill and a chairlift that connects skiers to 85 miles of trails at Big Sky Resort. Nature lovers can enjoy everything from fly fishing and horseback riding to mountain biking, hiking and ziplining. Now, dinosaur digging is also on the agenda.

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The hotel lobby.

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Interestingly, Montage Big Sky isn't the only hospitality company focused on fossils. The Luminaire hosted the world's first luxury dinosaur expedition last January. The five-day trip offers private groups of up to 10 people the chance to dig up a Diplodocus skeleton in Wyoming.

Maybe fossil digging really is the next big trend in five-star travel.

Anna Harden

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