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Fossil Butte National Monument

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Address: P.O. Box 592, Kemmerer, WY 83101
Phone Number: 307-877-4455
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Again one for the geologist or for kids who are into dinosaurs

After the high mountains of the north of Wyoming the more desolate southern areas have less varied scenery but, there are those dinosaur mines. Fossil Bute is well worth a visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2014
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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

If fossils have ever been an interest of yours, you owe it to yourself to visit this national monument. The hills around this site have been and are being mined for fossil fish which are sold around the world. Fortunately this site is preserving these creatures while offering an absolutely amazing variety for display. From the small to the large,... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Absolutely brilliant place, which we found almost by accident. Beautyful area and stunning wildlife as well, not just fossils of unsurpassed quality.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

As is the case with most National Parks entrance fees are minimal. We didn't brace the cold on our visit but they have several hiking trails. The visitor center is very nice and modern. It is filled with information, and the staff were friendly and helpful. If you have small children or even young teenagers check out the junior ranger... More 

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Devon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

After the high mountains of the north of Wyoming the more desolate southern areas have less varied scenery but, there are those dinosaur mines. Fossil Bute is well worth a visit. There is an interesting walkway as you approach, running round the centre dated through the epocs, distances between signs relating to measures of geological time. the audiovisuals are interesting... More 

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Brevard County, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We stopped here along our travels since we are always looking for interesting natural or historical sites. This was not as impressive as some, but, nonetheless, did not disappoint. It is a huge area which looks, on approach, like circle of high plateaus. When we arrived, we found that this is where largest fresh water fish fossil deposits were discovered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We were here in the off season, so no active fossil digs, but even still, this place is awesome. It was about an hour's drive from where we stayed at Bear Lake and totally worth the drive. The visitor center staff - for the most part - were friendly and helpful. One in particular, sorry I can't remember his name,... More 

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Fairfax, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I thought I'd reviewed this from my 2013 visit but just realized I hadn't. (the dropdown menu won't let me choose July 2013) Fossil Butte is a wonderful stopover in the middle of nowhere. The visitors center and immediate surroundings has some wonderful exhibits, and very knowledgeable park rangers are there to give further explanations if you want. I didn't... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is one of those places we didn't know existed, but we spotted the signs on the highway, checked the hours online, and arrived just as the staff unlocked the gate. We're both very interested in geology and the fossil record, and finding so much wonderful information in one place was amazing. You won't believe the exhibits, the sheer number... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The visitor's center is nicely set up, and has a great variety of fossils on display. The 13-foot Alligator fossil was cool to see (millions of years ago, this area was an ocean). There is a scenic driving tour, as well as two hiking trails. However, there are no fossils to be seen on the trails. The monument is out... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Fascinating and well-explained story of how this site is a comprehensive snapshot of the ecosystem of a vast tropical lake 50 million years ago. The Nature Trail Hike is good exercise and takes you into lovely scenery. The entire site is awe-inspiring in its beauty and geologic story. Take the Scenic Drive on the site near dusk or early AM... More 

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