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Fossil Butte National Monument

P.O. Box 592, Kemmerer, WY 83101
307-877-4455
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Kemmerer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Historic Sites
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

While most of the park was still closed when we visited in early May, we really enjoyed the visitors center. The fossil displays and replicas were very interesting. If you are within a 2 hours drive, its worth the trip.

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Nottingham
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I find fossils interesting, but I'm afraid this place didn't grab me. The ranger in the visitor centre couldn't be bothered to tell us much about anything; we watched the film and then drove up towards the picnic spot. There wasn't much to see other than the exhibits in the Centre. No-one was doing any fossil preparation. Wasn't worth the... More

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Evanston, Wyoming
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4 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Granted, Fossil Butte National Monument is out in the middle of nowhere (~10 drive from the small town of Kemmerer, WY), but it is definitely worth the detour for those traveling to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Devil's Tower and beyond. As you approach the visitors' center, signs pop up along the roadside a la the old "Burma Shave" ads (dating myself).... More

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NYC
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56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The visitor center here is amazing. On display they have hundreds of fossils, and all sorts of information about them. When I was there one of the rangers/scientists was cleaning a fossil. That was connected to a magnified video screen showing you what he was doing. It was very cool. Just past the entrance sign is a really unique timeline... More

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Burlington, Kentucky
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

As a former science teacher I really enjoyed the displays at this location. Spend 2 hours and see the USA as it was millions of years ago. Take time to read the time line as you enter the park.

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Lebanon, CT
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The monument building is not large but is very well laid out. The displays, especially the entrance fossil displays, are exceptional. They also do fossil preparation demonstrations periodically.

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Jackson, Michigan
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Only had time to go through the visitor center museum. Worth the time. Great exhibits and collections.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We visited the visitor's center and drove up the scenic drive and took a hike on the nature trail with two of our Grandsons. We all had a good time and enjoyed the visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The expression, you can't judge a book by its cover certainly applies to Fossil Butte. When looking at the landscape, you see a flat-topped scrub-covered butte. In reality, it's a long gone lake and in the layers of sediment, like pages in a book, are thousands of fossils. The visitor center is really well done. There is a time line... More

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West Jordan, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The visitor's center is very nice. The outside timeline as you approach the visitor's center is very interesting and is worth reading. The film is good, and the displays of the fossils are informative. This is an interesting place in a pretty "out of the way" location. It is worth the drive if you are interested in fossils. Next time... More

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