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Just a few yards from where we parked is where we found the best and biggest fossils. Our 3 year... read more

Reviewed March 17, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona
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Great fun but go early and bring bug spray

We got a late start and planned to go to Winslow, The Meteor Crater, and Flagstaff. Coming from... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! Collect ancient shells on a beach that's now a mile above sea level. You will not find large size specimens nor will you find a T-Rex. You will find, without much trouble, many small shells, bits of coral and other plants and animals that...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

Just a few yards from where we parked is where we found the best and biggest fossils. Our 3 year old had a blast banging her hammer on the rocks and even if we hadn’t found anything we would have enjoyed it anyway. I recommend...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed January 27, 2019

Meh. Maybe I didn’t spend enough time there digging, but the fossil “shells” I found were mostly small imprints. Most were broken. One has to look closely at the cut and material which has fallen out (like on your hands and knees). In my opinion...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

Paleontologist of all ages will enjoy this site of a prehistoric sea bed.Just a short walk from the highway the paleo site is a gift to the community by Eagle Scout. This project provides an opportunity to find unique fossils and understand the value of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Gailann W
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Went here with a Geology class from ASU 30 years ago and there were all kinds of cool fossils like brachiopods. Now you are lucky if you find a fragment. It's still cool to look and hope.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

We got a late start and planned to go to Winslow, The Meteor Crater, and Flagstaff. Coming from Payson, the Paleo Site is very easy to miss but reasonably easy to turn around and get back to. My nephew found things as we were walking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank C S B
Reviewed May 17, 2018

For those of you who did not find much at this site I am so sorry. Most people want to dig in the hill cliff face as they think this is what you should do. You can find a few fossils this way. I have...More

Date of experience: September 2017
7  Thank laurasK3838OR
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Brought my 9 year old to "check out" this site. There is parking and finding the seashells is quite easy. We brought a hammer and small chisel along with a bucket. The "dig area" is on the side of a 30 foot hill and can...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank pair0f8s
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

We took our 4 and 10 yr old and they loved it. We had made sure to bring brushes and chisel and plastic baggies. Our kiddos were able to find a lot of items fairly easily. Make sure to wear clothes toe shoes as there...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank mommydaze
Reviewed November 14, 2017

We found smaller clam shell and crynoid stems all over this area. Its a dusty job, but fun digging through the cliffside mounds. I enjoyed it mostly sitting down, and slowly sifting the soil, finding tiny, small pieces. Once your eye focuses on a particular...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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No yelling in the car! Ha!... hope this "copy and paste" from MY best friend Google helps! Well never mind that...old tripadvisor won't allow that... just before Kolh's Ranch (1/2 mile?) East bound on 260...yes there is... More