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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Address: 86930 517th Avenue, Royal, NE 68773
Phone Number: 402-893-2000
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Royal
Type: Historic Sites, Science Museums, Outdoors
Owner description: This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of...
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Type: Historic Sites, Science Museums, Outdoors
Owner description: This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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79 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 reviews
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
7 helpful votes 7 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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