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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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Ashfall Fossil beds are a hidden gem in Nebraska. What a great place to learn about about Nebraska's ancient life. Come and see what Paleontologists have discovered hidden in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ashfall Fossil beds are a hidden gem in Nebraska. What a great place to learn about about Nebraska's ancient life. Come and see what Paleontologists have discovered hidden in the Missouri River Valley. Stop and see Rhinos, Camels, Beardogs and a lot more. This is an amazing place where you can observe an active dig site.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had been here in 1996 and thought our science loving 11 year old would love this as a side trip. We zigged & zagged across Nebraska to get there. It is cheap-$5 each plus $5 parking. We wandered through the main building & big barn and about 45 min later we were done. The big barn is interesting and... More 

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Ashland, NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unbelievable examples of fossils. Loved this place, spent a ton of time watching the on-going excavations. The posters & signage are excellent, and really help explain well what you are looking at. We would go again, plan to take the grandkids next time!

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Conway, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this site on the recommendation of a friend and loved it! Everyone with an interest in prehistoric animals would love this site no matter what age they are! The setting in the middle of open prairie land is beautiful in itself and then the bones being dug up are fascinating.

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Thank debm98
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My in-laws have a cabin in Springfield, SD. They told us about the Ashfall beds and I was instantly excited! The fossil beds were about an hours drive from their cabin, but it was well worth it! It was a great thing to do on a rainy day, there is not much to see outside. The first part of the... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I have been teaching about the Ashfall Fossil Beds for 6-7 years--and to finally see them was AWESOME! Yes, it is out in the boonies but it was something I have never seen anywhere else. The interns that are excavating answer questions and I had a ton--yet they were so pleasant and eager to share what they know. We drove... More 

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Lincoln Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

There is not a great deal of variety at this site. It's mostly barrel bodied rhinos. The site itself is nice. You won't spend more than 30 minutes walking through. The gift shop will hit your wallet pretty hard if you've got the kids along, but overall, the experience was nice. I would recommend for the fossil enthusiast.

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Thank Otter2269
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

This is a must see place. Who would have thought dinosaurs were ever in Nebraska? This place has active digs going on. They put a building up around the site to protect it. Things are well marked and it is quite amazing. My husband had no interest in going, but was glad he did. He found it very interesting and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

I had driven by the turn to Ashfalls more time than I could count but had never stopped. So glad we finally took rhe time to stop. It was fascinating to learn about the unique animals that once lived in Nebraska. Take the trip!

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Thank Misty H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I had never heard of Ashfall, went there at my uncle's urging. It is almost impossible to describe the dig site. The animals are still as they fell. The number of different species, the circumstances under which they died, have a stunning visual impact. And the Visitor's Center offers an engrossing hour or so as well. Very much worth the... More 

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