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Fossil Butte National Monument

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Address: Kemmerer, WY 83101
Phone Number: 307-877-4455
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Well worth the trip to see where most museum fossils come from!

This park is only an hour away from where we live, so we might not have traveled to see it otherwise, but it is well worth a side-trip from Yellowstone, Tetons, etc. The visitors... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Evanston, Wyoming
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Evanston, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park is only an hour away from where we live, so we might not have traveled to see it otherwise, but it is well worth a side-trip from Yellowstone, Tetons, etc. The visitors' center displays are worth it in themselves - walls of gorgeous, unusual fossils from palm leaves to crocodiles to tiny shellfish. You can watch them clean... More 

2 Thank pureblueskies
Murray, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The visitor center offers lots, but not too many fossils to view. Some are reproductions of the best from the area, but they are still great. There are a few hands on displays for children, along with touch-screen learning activities for them. The gift shop is tiny, but fun.

2 Thank HardtoDissatisfy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This is all about the visitor center- almost like a small museum explaining how this barren patch is world famous for its fish fossils. First worked at the turn of the 20th century, this is indeed a remarkable story of an inland sea that went dry-preserving perfect specimens of the fish that swam there. Make sure to watch the movie... More 

2 Thank jfadds
Sacramento, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I was fortunate to visit on a day Fossil Buttes had an active dig site fossil recovery in progress. The rangers and paleontologist were both very knowledgeable. It was a nice easy-to-moderate hike (always like outdoor exercise) to the recovery site. The paleontologist was quick to share some of the rules for maintaining the integrity of the site. Additionally, there... More 

2 Thank MichaelJR64093
Casselberry, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Very interesting facts and displays regarding history and geography. Beautiful visitors center that seemed to blend into the scenery. Very informative staff.

1 Thank Rosemary D
Freehold, New Jersey
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The visitor's center was very clean and the items well-presented but this is not worth a trip that takes you out of the way. Small museum with an informative film, some displays but not much else. A bit surprised for a national monument, but there is not admission charge so really nothing to lose.

3 Thank bandm0m51
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Yes it may be out of the way but the fossils on display at the Visitor's Center are world class. I was glad we stopped. Coming from Dinosaur NM and heading to Teton NP it was not out of our way on this trip. We very much enjoyed our visit. Special Note: There are quarries in Kemmerer where you can... More 

1 Thank DPD123
Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Fossil Butte is worth a visit. There isn't a whole lot to see there and it is a bit of a drive off the main highway. Sadly, the day we visited, the park ranger was surly and unhelpful. Hopefully, other staff are now assigned to the venue, and future visitors will have a much better experience than we did.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This out of the way monument is definitely worth a visit, the fossils are wonderful. I'm not someone who has spent much time looking at fossils - most places I've visited before have just had dusty relics. Fossil Butte on the other hand has a wonderful visitor centre where you can see some awesome fossils. The Ranger was very knowledgable... More 

1 Thank Trish M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Very interesting place to visit. I enjoyed the movie presentation and all the exhibits. Staff was very friendly.

Thank Kathie S

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