The so-called “Field of Nightmares” is a geographic feature on Isla Sorna, comprising a significantly large field of tall grass; it is identified primarily as either the nesting site or primary hunting grounds for the pride of Velociraptors that live in the abandoned worker village. The field overlooks the village from slippery cliffs that drop down into the valley where the town is located. The raptors use the large expanses of tall grass to their advantage, using them as cover while they stalk any hapless prey that wanders into it. It was in this area where the majority of the Hunters were slaughtered following the panic that overtook them when the adult male and female tyrannosaurs attacked their temporary camp; the female tyrannosaur had given up chasing them, instead focusing her attention on the waterfall where Robert Burke met his demise, before she reached the field. Ultimately, all of the Hunters who entered the field–including Ajay Sidhu–met their grisly ends thanks to the Velociraptors, who killed and presumably ate all of them. Sidhu had tried to warn the Hunters to “not [go] into the long grass,” because his past experiences as a big game hunter told him that predators usually used long grass to hide–which the raptors, in fact, did. In the end, it was the deaths of Sidhu and the other hunters that spared Ian Malcolm, Kelly Curtis, Sarah Harding, and Nick Van Owen from the same fate; not only did Van Owen discovering Sidhu’s abandoned pack prompt the group to stop for a moment and allow Malcolm to realize that raptors were in the area, but the raptors were likely preoccupied devouring their victims.
The name “Field of Nightmares” was given by the Topps Trading cards for The Lost World: Jurassic Park, on card #26, for this location.