Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries

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Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries

Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries
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Idaho Falls, ID11 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We are a family of 7 who wanted to try something new while visiting family in Cokeville WY.

I will first say that the directions here are tricky! Follow the step by step directions given on their website. Google Lies!

When looking up where to go, I was confused by both American Fossil and Fossil Safari being right next to each other. They are two different companies. We decided on American Fossil because it said you can keep anything you find if it’s worth under $100,000. We were only going for an hour, but decided that anyways.

We went on a Sunday and the place was packed! We didn’t make a reservation, and we were so surprised by how full the parking lot was. The people working there were super helpful and friendly- they wear green shirts so you can spot them and have them come help you identify an object or give advice on how to further your find if you come across something. They also have saws to help cut prices out for you, or there are saws you can use on your own if you are over 18.

Now that we know how it works, we would love to come back as a private group and get larger rocks to split open. With our wimpy hour, there are only small and already thinned out rocks to uncover. If you really wanted to find something of value or rare, it appears a larger rock to start with would be the way to go. They were out of our limits.

That saying, right next to us, the group was working on a large rock and was uncovering what they thought was a bird! That was really neat.

Our kids are 12, 10, 7, 5, and an infant. Definitely recommend a baby carrier for the baby. My older kids loved it! They could do it all by themselves. A good idea would be some kind of a sitting pad or small chair because you are just working off the ground and can be a little uncomfortable.

We loved it here and would recommend it!
Written September 5, 2021
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East Brunswick, NJ795 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Beautiful surroundings and after couple of hours (and an affordable price tag) of hard work everyone walks away happy. We didn't find anything rare by a collector's standards, but what an incredible experience! Would do it again in a heartbeat. The gentleman overseeing the location was amazing with my boys and I, which made the exper so much more valuable to us. Thank you.
Written July 27, 2020
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Steve D
7 contributions
May 2020
We're wandering the west and spent a morning digging for fossil fish. Great fun. They were nice enough to let us in even before their 'season' officially begins. Good people, nice fish. A bit of a rough road but we were in a Jeep and they were re-grading it at the time. If you feel the need to 'social distance' this is a great way to do it in the open-air sunshine.
Written May 17, 2020
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Chestertown, MD1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Solo
I really don’t like writing negative reviews but I’m hoping this is helpful so another person doesn’t have a similar experience. I am a huge fossil fan and drove 3 1/2 hours to dig in the Warfield quarries while staying in Driggs on vacation. When I arrived I was told that they didn’t take credit cards, or the person whose phone had the card reader on it wasn’t there “sorry I can’t help you”. And by the way nowhere on the website does it say CASH ONLY. Which would be very important to know given the 7 plus miles of incredibly beautiful but slow going dirt road entance to the quarry. They could take a check but not my credit card number/exp. It was about two hours before closing and I was told it would take an hour to drive back into town to get cash. The person who was “helping me” was less than sympathetic. I did not realize there was another quarry, American Fossils, over the hill- and the people at Fossil Safari did not offer that as an option. I get that they would gave been giving away business- but really? I was one person who would be digging for one hour. Just bad service, bad faith, bad everything all the way around. I DID end up at American Fossil and they were fantastic and have crazy cool information about a new species of turtle that they’ve found and you can keep 100% of what you find. Thank you American Fossil.
Written August 27, 2021
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Morgan, UT13 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
I did not have fun. Did not find good fossils except 1. Cold, rainy, and the old man was really grumpy. My family found NOTHING Except for my Aunt not coming ever again but It was a good quary
Written April 30, 2020
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Logan, UT8 contributions
Sep 2020
Fantastic experience with my 11 year old daughter. Will definitely be coming back again. It was really fun to share the experience of splitting the layers together and the anticipation of see what we might find. George Putman was an awesome guide.
George made sure we were having fun, staying safe, getting the breaks we needed, and identifying layers which were easy to split. Wish we had arrived earlier to spend the whole day at the site. What an awesome experience!
Written September 7, 2020
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2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Beautiful country, beautiful people, beautiful fossils! What a great time we had and this was just a spur of the moment decision. Extremely helpful and patient with the kids (and adults at times LOL) We are definitely coming back now that we know about this hidden gem in the high plains of Wyoming! Be sure to read the recommendations on what to bring and I would add a face mask for dust if the wind picks up. Enjoy!
Written September 6, 2020
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Sun City Center, FL123 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We visited the quarry on Thursday 9/8/16.

After researching this vendor and the Pisces Prehistoric vendor on their web sites, we chose this one for two reasons:
1. The cost was half the price (for a one hour visit, which is all we wanted.)
2. This vendor provides the tools you need (hammer and chisel) at no cost. (Pisces Prehistoric does not state whether or not they do on theii web site, and did not respond to our email inquiry.)
3. The two sites are within a couple hundred yards of each other.

Getting there: Go on their fossil Safari website (the link is in the right information block on TripAdvisor), click on MAP. Note that the map is not to scale. Either print the map or save the map to a tablet, as you will lose internet before you get there. Follow those directions exactly. Also, note that on the map they list the coordinates of the quarry. Problem is, they list two different sets of coordinates. Use the one's in parenthesis; The correct coordinates are 41 51 54.92, -110 40 28.99.

I entered these coordinates into my Google maps using the Driving Directions function, and they exactly followed the directions on the printed map. Again, you will lose the internet before you get there, so ensure you start you Google Maps Driving Directions before you lose the connection.

George was very helpful, giving us instruction, trimming our finds with a saw (so we could transport them home) and explaining many things we novices were interested to learn.

Make sure you pack your finds carefully when you depart. The last couple miles coming are very rough. We had one piece break apart as it banged against the others on the way out.

Make sure you get a receipt, should you get stopped by law enforcement. The receipt shows that you got the items you find on private, not federal land.

If you think it is going to be gusty, then it will be dusty. It was mostly calm when we went, but if I went again I would bring something to put over my nose (surgical mask, bandanna), just in case.

They only accept cash or check or money order.

We stayed one hour, which was plenty, for use. We left with a peck of fossils. One man there was staying for two weeks.

I agree with all of the positive comments others have posted.

I write these reviews to help other travelers. If you find this review helpful, please let me know so that I continue to write reviews. Thank you.
Written September 9, 2016
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peter j
Perth , Australia4,065 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
I researched the fossil quarries of Kemmerer. Most needed booking beforehand and then directions to the quarry were revealed. Warfield was the only one with "drop in'" visitors and the most economical price wise. At many of the tourist information centers and hotels Warfield Quarry ( also known as Fossil Safari ) had information and maps giving detailed directions to the quarry, the last five miles or so is on gravel roads.
My party was, grandma, grandad, mum, dad and two toddlers. They were happy not to charge for gran as she was not going to collect fossils. The toddlers were also free of charge. They gathered bits from the scraps on the quarry floor, a safe distance from the quarry face. We were not sure how long we would stay so organized for a two hours dig, with the option to extend.
We were met by a very friendly manager, given our tools, shown how to use them and where to collect. Splitting the rock is quite easy and in some places can be split into sheets less than 1/4 inch thick.
It was only a matter of minutes before we had our first finds. Our only disappointment was that another collector, within a few feet of us, found a perfect fish about twelve inches long.
After two hours our pile was quite large. As we were flying home we had to limit our collection to only the best fossils. We were helped to trim off excess rock to lighten our load.
When we looked in rock and fossil shops the value of our fossils was probably three or four times the cost of the dig price.
There are no facilities at the quarry so take drinks and snacks. Digging and splitting the rocks is very dusty so wear old clothing.
Overall I would recommend enjoying a few hours collecting at Warfield Quarries.
Written August 7, 2013
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Nancy V
Scottsdale, AZ5 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
THIS WAS AN AMAZING ADVENTURE! It all began with me casually searching the web for images of “interesting backsplash ideas for the kitchen. ” What came up were incredible murals of backsplashes and pictures with 50 million year old fossil fish in them! I fell in love immediately!! …..…Until , that is, I found the main supplier’s website and checked out the pricing on these drop dead gorgeous, embedded limestone specimens. I was heartsick for a week; until I decided to explore the possibility of my husband and I digging them up ourselves! Thus began a new internet search…… for a competent and reputable individual, who could take us on a “fossil safari” in the famous Green River Formation area of Wyoming.

Our experience with Rick Hebdon and Warfield’s Fossil Safari was everything we hoped it would be. We traveled to Kemmerer WY specifically to participate in the VIP night dig in the 18” Layer Quarry. This is where the really big fossil fish are found. Rick picked us up at our hotel about 6:30 PM and he and another helper worked diligently beside us all night, teaching us the proper excavation procedure for finding these amazing fossils. I won’t lie to you; it was definitely work……but it was FUN work; “once in a lifetime ” work! Lifting a large slab of limestone off the quarry floor, to see if it embedded a 50 million year old fossil fish was absolutely thrilling. Like treasure hunting! We were ecstatic at the fish we found, and Rick and his team are currently restoring it (a meticulous process) so that it will reflect its full glory. It rests within about a 36”x24” slab of limestone, and will be prominently displayed, hung as a piece of artwork , behind my stove.

After digging all night, we landed back at our hotel about 1:20 AM and slept soundly for several hours. The next morning, after taking a leisurely breakfast break, and touring the historic town of Kemmerer, we looked at each other and realized we were both still “itching to dig.” So off we headed to Warfield’s “Day Quarry”, where the smaller fossil fish are found. This quarry is the more kid-friendly quarry, as there is less physical labor involved. But it certainly was not boring; we absolutely LOVED it. Again, splitting pieces of limestone, to potentially reveal creatures that lived 50 million years ago, is a mind-boggling and thrilling prospect! We came home with several of these smaller fossil fish, which we intend to display on independent stands.

Since we’ve been home, I’ve continued to learn more about Rick Hebdon and Warfields. While we were initially driven simply by images I saw on the web, I now realize how lucky we were to have found such an experienced and reputable host. Warfield Fossils has been in business for more than 30 years, and Rick has placed hundreds of fossils in almost every major museum in the world! The Paleo curators in these museums regularly work with him, as Fossil Lake is the best place in the entire world to collect specimens from the Eocene period. Rick, by the way, has personally dug up 8 holotypes and 5 paratypes in his career as a fossil hunter. That is a real accomplishment in the Paleo world!

Thank you, Rick, for all your expertise, for packaging it in such a workable way, and for sharing it with novices like us. The fact that you have taken thousands of people into your quarries, to teach them about these amazing fossils and the Eocene Period, is truly a cultural contribution . You should be proud. We will definitely be back next summer!
Written September 24, 2015
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