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Fossil Butte National Monument

P.O. Box 592, Kemmerer, WY 83101
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Kemmerer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Historic Sites
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Westminster, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It had been a number of years since we had stopped to look around. A new feature had been added to the visitors center that showed the history of the earth in a graphical depiction as you walked from the parking lot to the building. It was really neat and educational. There are nice picnicking areas and hiking trails but... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Loved this Park and the park rangers were so passionate about this fossil bed. Amazing history to be told. The town of Kememer has interesting historical facts, too! Wished we could have hiked some of the trails but previous rains made the trails muddy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great little gem! The visitor center is small but full of really cool fossils. There is a nice 13-minute video you can watch that gives you a history of the Fossil Lake, as well as a 3-minute video that describes how they prepare the fossils. Not a lot of hiking to do but we did go on the Historic Quarry... More

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Big Sur, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Happened to notice Fossil Butte National Monument on our map as we drove across Wyoming, so decided to stop for a look. Too early for Visitor Center to be open, so we did the 5 mile drive which had incredible panoramas -- could see for miles and miles and no human habitation in sight. Visitor Center was open by the... More

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San Diego
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24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We stopped here briefly on our way to Kemmerer, Wyoming and were happy we did. The museum at the visitor center has displays of fossilized insects, fish, and snakes of a kind we had never seen before. The 15 minute video was beyond excellent and taught us a lot about the monument. We wish we had taken more time to... More

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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162 reviews 162 reviews
60 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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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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 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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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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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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