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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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Omaha, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We saw the exhibit when we were tired at the end of our day but it was worth the short drive off Highway 20. We imagine that during the summer when active work is being conducted on the fossils bed would ignite more excitement but the park personnel were knowledgeable and helpful. Walking is not long and accommodations support handicap... More

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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76 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It is well off the beaten path but worth the trip or detour to take a 10 million-year step back in time. It is also amazing to see the remains of creatures that were so common here but now have no remaining descendants such rhinos and five or so species of horses. It is a small facility, easy to navigate,... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Ashfall is a 2.75 hour hour drive one way, and it was a nice day trip. Google maps gave very accurate directions, and signage is lacking until you are only a few miles away. The grounds are well maintained, and the visit center and rhino barn are set up excellently for self-guided tours. The posters and other materials are informative,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Five of us women decided a few years a go to start going to places of interest in Nebraska. We had all been to Grove lake camping and Verdigre Creek trout fishing numerous times over the years with our husbands. But we had never been to Ashfall. So this year we went. It was about a 2 hour drive and... More

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Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We live about 3 hours away from Ashfall and have wanted to make the trip for about 3 years now. Today we did it! It was a beautiful drive and a fascinating place! Would recommend it highly. If you spend 3 hours, you have the landmark covered thoroughly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It was a nice scenic drive to the place. We especially enjoyed checking out the small towns on our way. The site itself is very interesting. They've done a nice job of leaving the bones well displayed and explaining the source and dispersion of the ash. It's a fun place to go. The down side; 12,000,000 years is an obvious... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Usually when you see mass graves of extinct animals, the bones are jumbled up together, but these animals (mostly rhinoceroses) died quietly from volcanic ash 12 million years ago. It is an active fossil dig, with university graduate students working and explaining their work. The fossil dig is inside a big building. This place is way out in the countryside... More

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Omaha,NE
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This was a side trip for the weekend that my wife had wanted to do. Outside of being a long drive and hard to find, I was pleasantly suprised. It was very interesting and informative.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I had no idea our visit to see family in Nebraska would involve a fossil dig. It was mind expanding. I had no idea there were so many different animals in the western hemisphere! Our preschooler loved the digging area in the education building. The site is off the beaten path, but worth the adventure.

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Williamsburg, Iowa
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21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was the best stop on our week long vacation. After visiting Morill Hall at the U. of Nebraska last summer this has been on our radar to visit. It is worth the extra effort to get out this direction. We wanted to eat lunch at Green Gables after seeing it in other reviews but after calling I realized they... More

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