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

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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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Very enthusiastic, young ranger gave presentation about the digs in the area, the equipment being used, history and geology of the area. First-hand watch as he demonstrated some of the equipment and answered lots of questions. Would be especially great for kids!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The visitors center is small, thus a limited number of fossils are on display. However, they are interesting and you can get close to really see them. Also, being able to actually see someone working to get a fossil out of the rock around it was very interesting. Had no idea how this was done and what was involved. It... More

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Brigham City, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We live about 3 hours away from here and and never been to see it until Labor Day weekend 2014. Its quite small, but very interesting and they have fossil's that we had never seen before. As a "destination" trip I wouldn't recommend it, but as a "stop by to check it out" it was great! There a quarries in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We made a wrong turn and ended up just a few miles from this. We decided to stop in. Wow, it was wonderful. It is not a huge place, but we spent a couple of hours. There is a beautiful scenic drive. If you are close, stop by.

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Westminster, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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
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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
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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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