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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

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Address: 86930 517th Avenue, Royal, NE 68773
Phone Number: 402-893-2000
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This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of...

This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum

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A fascinating visit.

This park was highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed. We have never seen anything like it at all - an amazing number of fossilized animals all in the one location... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Adelaide, Australia
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park was highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed. We have never seen anything like it at all - an amazing number of fossilized animals all in the one location. The staff were most helpful in explaining what we were seeing, which added to the value of our visit. Try to make the detour to visit this... More 

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Michigan
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We had a great time watching them actively digging. The multitude of animals that were found in this one small location was fascinating. Very well presented.

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Thank dm8711
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This park is an under visited jewel. The story of the fossils and actually seeing paleontologists unearth them is amazing. This facility is done very well. It isn't flashy, but it is very informative and interesting. There are volunteers to answer your questions and several fossils that you can see up close and personal. The story of how these animals... More 

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Thank Marge A
New Boston, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Someplace I have wanted to get to for years. I don't even remember where I first read about it. It was the result of the eruption of a super volcano that was a precursor to Yellowstone. There are complete skeletons of so many different animals it is not easy to imagine them all.

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Thank Matthew C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Prehistoric mammal fossils (not dinosaurs). In the town of Ashfall, Nebraska. As the name suggests, there was a sudden volcanic eruption and the resulting ash caused the demise of a lot of these prehistoric creatures. The eruption happened 10 - 12 million years ago. Most of the fossils are of the American Rhino and horses. The students from the University... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Very interesting Historic Site, well presented. A visitor sees many vertebrate fossils of animals killed by ash from an Idaho volcano tens of millions of years ago. Intern college students are available to visit while they uncover new bones. Highly recommend a stop here.

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1 Thank Terrie C
Roanoke,VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Read other reviews. I do not know what some expected. My husband and I really enjoyed the 2 hours we spent there learning. Afterwards we drove about 20 minutes to a subway we passed on the way in. I just wish I could have helped dig.

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1 Thank VAMomto2
Sioux City, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

After a long trip back to Iowa from the Valentine area we decided to stop by the ashfall beds on our way back through. First off, once you turn off the highway I felt I was driving to the middle of nowhere. The way was not clearly marked, and it was confusing. We see the visitors center, but every park... More 

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Moab, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

At a cost of almost $20 for two seniors it is a bit pricey, but how often do you seen 10,000 year old rhino skeletons as they died. The site could use more hiking paths past the flagged finds but it is state run and I am sure the budget is tight. The phone descriptions as you walk through are... More 

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Largo, Fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

A fascinating presentation of fossils. The park is perfectly maintained with smooth boardwalks and informative displays. Very easy access for wheelchairs and walkers. Mike Otto was very informative and patient to answer all of our questions.

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