Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
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This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
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Courteney W
Lincoln, NE1 contribution
Worth the stop!
May 2021
Having been a member of UNSM for years we have wanted to visit Ashfalls for a few years and finally made it today! Some areas are closed due to COVID restrictions still BUT we had a great visit with Daniel in the Rhino barn. He is an educator at Ashfalls and very knowledgeable. Well worth the visit!

We were there approx 1.5 hours.
Written May 26, 2021
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Mary H
Omaha, NE43 contributions
Best part of my road trip!
Jul 2020
What an amazing place to visit. A little hard to find, but worth the drive. The area is very neat, the state workers were all very nice. They explained the covid guidelines and how to follow the path. The dig sites were all well marked. When I got to the big shed, with the active dig, there was one intern working, it was his second year and there was not a question he could not answer. He knew all the skeletons by number, so when asked about #13, he would start with their name, gender, year found, etc. He was fascinating to listen to and judged his answers on a low level for kids and more complex for adults. I can't believe what a jewel we have in Nebraska! Also, I was allowed to take my dog along on the tour. The shed was not air conditioned, windows and doors were open, fans on, I was comfortable. Also, very handicapped accessible.
Written July 24, 2020
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Kathy L
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Best paleontology site in the US
Jul 2019 • Family
This was a watering hole where early mammals perished after ash fell from Yellowstone’s volcano erupting 1.2 million years ago. It is an active excavation site. Avoid a Monday visit because only a skeleton staff is on hand.

A daughter of ours is earning her PhD in Geology with an emphasis on paleontology. That is why I know this is the premiere site in the US. I would recommend it for any parent within a day’s drive who has children really interested in dinosaurs, although the excavation is of later animals like rhinos. Still, a child will understand that climate change is not always man made. Also a child will have a sense of just how old the earth is relative to man.

We only spent a couple of hours actually at the site but it was very interesting.
Written November 5, 2019
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rlstj81
Crofton, NE94 contributions
12 Million Year Old, Ashfall Fossil Bed in Royal Nebraska
Jul 2019
My family and I visited here on July 14, of 2019 and found the park to be exceptionally nice. There is easy access for disabled persons, and once inside the visitors center there are many interactive areas for both children an adults. There is an area where anyone can look through a microscope at different types of ash and bone.

Once outside, there are a couple of buildings. One building is specifically for children, where they can go into a area filled with a special type of sand, and look for fossils and using a brush uncover, and discover fossils.

In a larger building called the "Rino Barn" quite some distance from the entrance, with nice paving and easy access for wheelchairs. Here you will find the 12 million year old fossils of, seventeen species of vertebrates recovered from the volcanic ashbed, twelve are mammals. Over 200 fossil skeletons from 12 species of Clarendonian Land Mammal Age have been discovered at the site so far.

If you are in the area, be sure to visit this fantastic site.
Written October 27, 2019
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2oldgeesers
Klamath Falls, OR225 contributions
Amazing and worth the side trip
Sep 2019
This is not near anyplace, but if your within 50 miles, drive there. The road is paved all the way, despite what Google Maps says. If you are into paleontology, this is an absolute must visit place.
The site is well preserved, students are available to explain things and answer questions. Set up for both the serious paleontology nerd as well as entertaining for children. All is limited to 60 million years ago, although the 1 hour film covers other digs older and more recent. Only dinosaur national monument in Utah has a better exhibit.
Written September 25, 2019
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Ronald M
Bangkok316 contributions
Unbelievable and amazing
Sep 2019
I had visited here about 20 years ago, and now there is so much more finished, and a new building, double visitor center too. But it is still small, very friendly staff, and the story of the deaths of these prehistoric animals at a waterhole by ash from the volcanic eruption is just amazing. See the rhino mother and calf together is so sad. So much to see and learn here. If you have kids, it is fantastic for them too!
Written September 19, 2019
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grandpamarv
Mechanicsville, MD23 contributions
Enclosed fossil beds showing fossils where the animals died.
Jul 2019
Third visit, first time in almost 20 years. Site has continued to be developed. Great display and gift shop. Interesting explanation of how the animals had come together and died as result of distant volcanic eruption. Ample parking for RVs (we were towing 35' fifth wheel).
Written September 6, 2019
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DOREEN G
MILWAUKEE9 contributions
Ashfall Fossil Beds created by Yellowstone Volcano
Oct 2018
Fascinating. Take your children to see preserved fossils caught in the explosion of a volcano from Yellowstone. The story, the artifacts and how it is preserved is a must-see. There will be something for everyone and a story you will find hard to believe. Animals that normally wouldn't be together at a watering hole preserved under tons of volcanic ash. The University of Nebraska did an outstanding job of creating a viewing area right where it happened. Additionally take a drive among the sand hills of Nebraska. A wonderful geological area to explore.
Written September 3, 2019
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Bruce H
Omaha, NE261 contributions
So Worth the Drive
Aug 2019 • Couples
Have wanted to visit for years but always found some excuse to not go out of the beaten path. Well I wish we had gone before. So amazing to step back in time 12 million years ago an view this amazing display. So well preserved and painstakingly presented for public viewing and scientific work. The decision to leave the fossils in place was brilliant. Excellent graduate students giving visitors information about what caused the demise and preservation in the animals.
I mean by viewing these prehistoric rhinos in place, I actually felt emotional about seeing a mother and her baby rhino who died together from respiratory failure caused by a volcanic eruption 12 million years ago...
Written August 3, 2019
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Dscholl2018
Creighton, NE3 contributions
Worth the visit, amazed by what prehistoric animals were in Nebraska.
Jun 2018
I was blown away, I had no idea that there was such a variety of animals that roamed the Midwest. I would love to visit again in the summer to see the University students working to uncover more specimens.
Written May 7, 2019
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