We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 86930 517th Avenue, Royal, NE 68773
Phone Number: 402-893-2000
Website
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
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 50 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Meet the Archeologists at work!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
bleeble
,
Beijing, China
Add Photo Write a Review

50 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Beijing, China
Level Contributor
47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Louis
Level Contributor
65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Omaha, Nebraska
Level Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Omaha, Nebraska
Level Contributor
82 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Georgetown, Texas
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My daughter and I took a day-trip from Omaha to Ashfall Park. There is a small museum/gift store explaining the park; a covered barn for display and excavation, and a short walking trail. The exhibits are well-done and interesting--12 million years ago, volcanic ash covered this area and killed the animals. There are the skeletons of rhino, horses, dogs, birds.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
St Louis
Level Contributor
27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This is a pretty remarkable site. A whole bunch of ancient (12 million year old) mammal skeletons (we had rhinos back then!), all in tact, all curled up in the same layer of rock. Some fossil skeletons were extracted from the rock in the 1970s, and a couple of these are in the small museum and shop that greets guests.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indiana
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We went to Ashfall during summer break. We got to meet and talk to the founder of Ashfall, Michael Voorhies, which was a real bonus!! We asked questions and got very detailed answers. We got to see real 12 million year old animal skeletons, mostly rhino skeletons. We saw the student workers digging up bones and fossils. We came to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Level Contributor
34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

An astounding area. So glad it was found, and it is a great find. Still an active dig site. The animals found will surprise you. Horses are a great example of the evolutionary process, and you will see exactly that on display. Rhinos, camels...in north america?! Indeed!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Germantown, Maryland
Level Contributor
44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I recommend visiting the site during the summer when they are active digging. They are still excavating & discovering new fossils. If they are excavating an area near the walkway for visitors, they are very happy to answer questions. I had a nice discussion with one of the archaeologists about the dig site and how she worked the dig site.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Boca Raton, Florida
Level Contributor
696 reviews
294 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 550 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

About 11 million years ago a huge volcano in what is now Idaho erupted, spewing volcanic ash over hundreds of square miles. Animals here at the time succumbed to the ash particles in their lungs, dying painful deaths a few weeks after the eruption. The ash was dated using uranium and argon. There are horse and camel skeletons here. I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park also viewed

 

Been to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Address: 86930 517th Avenue, Royal, NE 68773
Phone Number: 402-893-2000
Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Royal

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?