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Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

Address: HC 61 Box 61200, Austin, NV 89310
Phone Number: (775) 964-2440
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Austin
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Carson City, Nevada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This park is interesting if you want to go somewhere that is way out of normal society. The ghost town has a lot of replicas from past times and the fossils are interesting. The park ranger was quite knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Take a picnic lunch and the kids if you go. There is plenty of... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I would say Berlin is a small scale version of Bodie CA. It was interesting to see all the old buildings and it was great that everything had a small plaque stating what you were looking at. Definitely a well kept ghost town. We drove up to the Ichthyosaur Park but there were a lot of people milling around with... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

First, Robin our Nevada State Ranger was very knowledgeable. Yes you are looking at what look like a bunch of rocks, but with his knowledge and green laser pointer, he shows you these mighty fossils laying on and in the soil. AND he is quite the jokester. Hard to imagine these great beasts swimming in the primordial oceans, before the... More

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Sparks, Nevada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This ghost town and fossil site is an easy 3 hour drive from the Reno-Sparks area. There is a fee at the gate and the rangers are extremely helpful. It is hard to believe anyone lived way out here back during Berlin's short gold rush, much less was able to find the place. The well preserved buildings and 88 informational... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Berlin icthyosaur fossils have been on our To Do list for years and I have to say, I was slightly underwhelmed by the site. Maybe I had built it up too much in my mind, or maybe it's because the oft-mentioned and enthusiastic Robin wasn't there, but the fossil site itself-tho cool-was disappointing. The park ranger, tho excedingly pleasant,... More

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San Carlos, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I was driving around in Nevada, checking out different state parks, etc. This one was nice on a weekday, in October. The place was mainly empty so the quiet high desert was a break from having come from Vegas. Cool little old ghost town, and fossil stuff that I was not able to see since I was there on a... More

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Sf Bay Area
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157 reviews 157 reviews
40 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We arrived here in the late afternoon, spent the night camping, and then the morning exploring the park. The park is a good hour+ drive from the US-95 turnoff, although not difficult to find. The campground is in great condition (pit toilets, potable water, trash cans, fire rings, and covered picnic tables). I'm not sure if its always so empty,... More

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Reno, Nevada
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The fossilized bones of at least 9 huge ichthyosaurs are laid and piled on a hillside in the middle of the desert in Nevada. Don't miss the guided tour for great information about how these creatures ended up here.

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Redding, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I appreciate that the state of Nevada maintains this really isolated park. The old ghost town of Berlin is kept in a state of "arrested decay" and a good booklet about the town and the buildings is available. The Ichthyosaur fossils are fascinating. This place is a great back road adventure. Remember to bring water and food and a full... More

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Oakland, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Others have mentioned the fossil tour (2x/day) and the ghost town of Berlin. But as of this date (June 2013) the Diana Mine tour is going again Fri to Sun. Well worth it, and rather intimidating. Not work you'd like to do. The rangers at the park are the bomb. Super helpful, friendly, and if things are quiet (and they... More

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