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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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Fossil Hunting Fun

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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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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greensboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Cruise up the Wheeler high school and park around back to the right of the school. There is a kiosk (read it!) and a fee box, (5 bucks per person), and tools to lend. It is the ONLY place you can dig for and keep you millions of years old fossils! And its not hard. Almost any rock you pick... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

It is just plain fun to pound rocks. And if they cleave to reveal a bit of fern or partial leaf imprint, so much the better.lots of kids asking us if we found anything great. Good family outing to combine with Chinese museum and Painted Hills. Modest looking entrance and do donate to the school. You'll be glad to add... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The wife and I were looking forward to finding some interesting plant fossils from this area. We found the site easily enough behind the high school. We got our tools and proceeded on up the hill. We passed a covered picnic table that was used to pound some rocks apart. After digging in the hill side for about an hour... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We wandered about and enjoyed learning all sorts of history. Great weather at the time of year helped.

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Albany, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The trip to Fossil is a bit more difficult than it looked on the map. Be sure you have a full tank of gas as services are sparse in this area. My 10 year old is into geology and fossils so we sought out a place to dig and take authentic fossils. Behind Wheeler HS there is a small slope... More 

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