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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

86930 517th Avenue, Royal, NE 68773
402-893-2000
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Royal
Type: Historic Sites, Science Museums
Description: This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is one of America's most amazing places! This fossil area is like nothing I've ever seen or even heard of. The creatures found in the ash are preserved in 3-D, not smashed up like all other fossils, and you watch as staff excavates. You can ask questions. It's worth the drive.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

OK, some admissions. I am a lawyer. But! I am also a geologist. And as I tell my friends you never catch me visiting old courthouses (or hanging tree - every community has one of those) - no siree, but I visit every mineral or fossil locality I come across in my travels. To rate Ashfall Fossil Beds as a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We own and operate the Crystal Key Inn B & B in Newman Grove, Nebraska which is about an hour from this wonderful attraction! We wanted to explore it in order to be able to make recommendations to our guests. It FAR exceeded our understanding and expectations! We have visited twice. The first time we were there we had the... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We took the time to drive into Nebraska from Sioux City, Iowa to visit Ashfall Fossil Beds State Park. The drive alone was worth it, gorgeous rolling hills of cropland with a hundred shades of green. The fossil park itself boasts 12 million year old preserved three toed horses and many rhino fossils. Extremely educational for the family!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Given the price to get in and the price to park, over and above the price to get in, we really expected more. The museum is small. The rhino barn was impressive and the student answering questions was a nice touch. However, the microfossil building was closed. Basically, the rhino barn is the attraction. Very cool.

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OMAHA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a wonderfully preserved and displayed, active Paleontological Dig Site, a must see in the midwest. This park has fossil remains rarely seen in both condition of fossils and unique way in which dying animal were encased in the volcanic ash of a Super Volcanic eruption from as far away as Idaho, caused by the 'hot spot' that is... More

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Yankton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Anyone with the smallest spark of interest in the prehistory of this area will be fascinated by this site. Plan on spending at least a couple of hours looking at the dig and reading what is offered. Then wander on the prairie for a while.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Ashfall Fossil Beds is a great attraction. I loved the educational displays. And to watch the fossils being excavated was amazing. They have cameras pointed to the area they are working on and display the pictures on tvs. One of the students came around and asked if we had any questions. I have never seen anything like it.

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Atkinson, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We have visited Ashfall Fossil Beds at least five times. The new rhino barn lets us see work in progress. The fossils are left in-situ which makes all better.

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Norfolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Ashfall offered something for everyone in my family. My 3 year old son enjoyed digging in the sand and seeing the bones. My 9 year old daughter loved the bookshop. I enjoyed the historical descriptions, especially those of the rivers in Nebraska and the surrounding areas.

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