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Devonian Fossil Gorge

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A cool, damp morning cut my visit short but the area does provide information as to how the gorge... read more

Reviewed December 14, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa

Spent nearly three hours wandering around And still didn’t see everything This is a must for... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2018
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

A cool, damp morning cut my visit short but the area does provide information as to how the gorge was formed. Samples of fossils are on display which I found very interesting. If it had been a nicer day weather wise, I probably would have...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank torpdo
Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

Spent nearly three hours wandering around And still didn’t see everything This is a must for anyone interested in dinosaurs 🦕

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank AngelaGoldenhair
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Nature area with a numbered fossil walk! Basic fossils like crinoids embedded in the rocks. Would be great for elementary school children.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jalowu
Reviewed October 6, 2018

If you were lucky enough to visit right after the flood, it would have been memorable. Today it is just a skeleton. People have taken away much of the fossils as this site is unsupervised. Still you can visit and hike around, visit Sugarbottom beach,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mdh941
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Took our 5 and 3 year old grandsons. They had fun looking for the fossils and looking for the numbered sights.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank reebpaws
Reviewed September 25, 2018

All you need is a few hours, some good shoes and maybe sunblock. This "park" is a great spot to explore and walk around. There is fishing there too. Bring your own food and drink.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Jme L
Reviewed September 16, 2018

The story behind the discovery of the fossil gorge is interesting, but I'm sorry to say we were a bit underwhelmed with the site itself. The fossils all are very small, nothing that wows you. Most are (repetitious) plant and coral based - no interesting...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sybil k
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

We loved the fossil gorge. I felt like we stepped back in time and learned so much. What a treat to be able to walk along these fossils. Print off the guide before you go, so worth it to go number to number learning. The...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MapletonFarm
Reviewed July 27, 2018

It doesn't talk long to see the gorge and many can walk down to it. It's worth it for a little insight into the geology of Iowa.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank oldfarmer2018
Reviewed July 23, 2018

PROS: 350 million year old sea bed! Aquatic fossils embedded in the rocks; the fossils are all easy to find; the available brochure helps you find specific fossils. Great 1-2 hour activity for the whole family. CONS: none . great attraction for Iowa City/Coralville

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Big_bro_1_usa
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June 8, 2018|
Response from ThatOneIowaGuy | Reviewed this property |
No. There’s nobody working there. It’s just an open area to visit
June 30, 2016|
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Response from baps6194 | Reviewed this property |
No admission fee!
January 8, 2015|
Response from baps6194 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't see this question until now!! if you have not visit yet, I wouldn't recommend it in January because the freezing temps and ice. Very sorry for the delay but truth is I didn't even know people could ask me... More