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Fossils at Wheeler High School

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Address: 404 Main St, Fossil, OR
Phone Number: 541.763.4303
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A Natural Wonder

If you are even a little bit interested in geology or fossils, then this will blow your mind. Fossils just laying on top of the ground. Follow the preservation guidelines please... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Hermiston, Oregon
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Hermiston, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you are even a little bit interested in geology or fossils, then this will blow your mind. Fossils just laying on top of the ground. Follow the preservation guidelines please for future generations.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Be sure to wear sunscreen bring a hat and also bring cold water . We brought a small shovel and a pick as you really are just digging through dirt that has already been dug so you need to dig a little hole to try to find bigger pieces of unbroken rock. We stayed about 2 hours the fossils we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My wife, daughter and son-in-law all went to the Fossils at the Fossil School. We had a good time, but the son-in-law had the best time. He is a rockhound and had the patience to find the fossils in the dig spots. Fun for anyone who want to actually dig for fossils!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It is amazing that in this day and age you can arrive in a world class fossil bed and be able to extract fossils without supervision....and they have an honesty box for your admission fee and throw in all the tools!...mid you you have to be determined to get here...Fossil is well off the beaten track! I hope the locals... More 

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Salem, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This wasn't what we expected. It was a very small place with very few places to dig. The new spots were fenced off so you were essentially digging where everyone else has alreay dug. We spend about an hour there and found a few leaf fossils. I doubt we would ever go back. They wanted 5.00 a person to dig... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Had a great time in Fossil. The drive was beautiful, the weather perfect, and the dig was productive. You can use the tools at the site, or bring your own. I suggest bringing a small rock hammer, chisels, trowel, and eye protection. Also make sure you have a full tank of gas before you leave. Not a lot of options... More 

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Fossil, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Come to Fossil, the only place you are allowed to dig limited pieces of fossils and take them home. Remember finding some sea shells and tropical leave fossil. A small town is very friendly and warm atmospheric. You will be greeted by many folks, and never will get lost. I hope those fossil pieces will be protected at each founder's... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My advice is to take the negative reviews with a grain of salt. PLENTY of fossils were to be found outside the conservation area and away from the picnic table. We discovered the best ones were in the larger darker flat rocks that we dug from the base of the hill. You'll have to break them open to find them... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Parking was close and there so many fossils. Even my youngest grandchild was able to find some. The only thing I didn't like is that it was so freakin' cold!

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Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

After paying our $15 we were disappointed to only be able to dig through the scree. The main fossil "wall" was now in a "conservation area" & we could not access it.

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