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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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Spring Lake Park, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Similar to the mammoth dig is Hot Springs SD. This dig has a Varity of animals that got caught in the aftermath of a volcanic cloud form Idaho. The main dig is in a building however there are fossils on outcrops around the area and a trail to hike.

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Big Spring, TX
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I came upon this hidden treasure when I was planning my trip across country and was going to take a different route. It was only about 10 miles off my path and we decided to go. The printed directions from google and my gps both weren't able to find this place. It took me down a dirt road that wasn't... More

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Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Unique fossil site, nice interpretive center, active digging, kids activities. Off the beaten path but worth the drive.

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Flint, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It is a great place for adults, but kids (10+?) can get so much more from exhibits like this than from a classroom. It explains not only the geologic forces at work in the world, but also the progression of the different animal species and the out in the barn, those actually working on uncovering the many creatures buried in... More

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Crete, Nebraska
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Park is well off the beaten path, but should be a priority for anyone going through Nebraska. A Nebraska daily use permit on the vehicle is required and there is an admission charge. Pay the fee, though, and don’t ask questions because you’re about to see one of the most amazing things you’ve ever seen. After... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This is an amazing place, with paleontologists at work in a huge building built over the fossil beds so you can see what it looks like to discover fossils. Imagine animals at a waterhole overcome by a thick ash cloud dying close together. Rhinos, camels, early horses, cranes, ancestors of dogs all lying where they died. Excellent educational exhibits, "dig... More

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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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