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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

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Address: 86930 517th Avenue, Royal, NE 68773
Phone Number: 402-893-2000
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Description: This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision...
This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
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A bit expensive but interesting

At a cost of almost $20 for two seniors it is a bit pricey, but how often do you seen 10,000 year old rhino skeletons as they died. The site could use more hiking paths past the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Sioux City, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

After a long trip back to Iowa from the Valentine area we decided to stop by the ashfall beds on our way back through. First off, once you turn off the highway I felt I was driving to the middle of nowhere. The way was not clearly marked, and it was confusing. We see the visitors center, but every park... More 

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Moab, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

At a cost of almost $20 for two seniors it is a bit pricey, but how often do you seen 10,000 year old rhino skeletons as they died. The site could use more hiking paths past the flagged finds but it is state run and I am sure the budget is tight. The phone descriptions as you walk through are... More 

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Largo, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

A fascinating presentation of fossils. The park is perfectly maintained with smooth boardwalks and informative displays. Very easy access for wheelchairs and walkers. Mike Otto was very informative and patient to answer all of our questions.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is a fascinating stop. Ash from a super volcano millions of years ago killed and preserved a lot of prehistoric animals. It's the best place to see what the place was like then because the preservation is so great. There are hundreds of wonderfully preserved full body skeltal fossils. You can't get this detail anywhere else. The Rhino barn... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A gem of a place.This is effectively a working museum. In the Rhino Barn Superintendent Rick Otto and summer intern Colton Snyder were terrific explaining what they were doing, the academic disciplines needed to be paleontologists, and the impact of this active paleontological site showing such well-preserved skeletons. The beauty is that you see the fossils where and how they... More 

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Wellington, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

As we were heading north we found the Fossil Bed sign, so we took a look and it was fantastic!! An archeologist was working and was able to tell us about her finds and others!!

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It was wonderful to talk to the people who are working at the site. Had a great time asking questions and learning all about the fossils, while I was not traveling with a child, they were eager to answer all the questions asked by a child in the center. Point to know: The professor who discovered the site is there... More 

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Anytime I can drive a few extra miles and see a picture of animal life 12 million years ago, it's a great day. Seeing the fossils of ancient rhinos, three-toed horses and saber-toothed deer still embedded in the fossil beds where they fell that many years ago is a once in a lifetime sight. This is one of those occurrences... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Who knew this was out here? So, so, so cool. Everyone in our group was so into it. We had 8-9 yr olds, seniors and 40yr olds. They did have a wheel chair for our party w a bad hip. But the trek is really easy and accessible. Really cool. Must see! No air conditioning so time it right so... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great place, though nothing nearby. Bring snacks and drinks. Also gas. These are fossil beds containing bones from a variety of animals such as the Rhino, Camel, Mammoth, etc. The digs are still active. Walk down the hill to the covered dig area where students are working. They can tell you about what you see. There are posters with info... More 

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