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Fossil Butte National Monument

Address: P.O. Box 592, Kemmerer, WY 83101
Phone Number: 307-877-4455
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Kemmerer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Type: Historic Sites, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Oxford, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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115 reviews 115 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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141 reviews 141 reviews
75 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
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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159 reviews 159 reviews
40 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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174 reviews 174 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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263 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
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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213 reviews 213 reviews
66 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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