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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Georgetown, Texas
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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 

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St Louis
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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 

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Indiana
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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 

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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!!

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Germantown, Maryland
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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 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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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 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

For those that have an historical interest looking back about 12 million years, the evolution and demise of different animals, how such as volcanos and ice ages create the land we know today. Or how does a volcano relocate from Idaho to Yellowstone? Or, what did relocate I would highly recommend. An archeological dig that is more like an uncovering,... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

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

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