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Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries

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JohnandSarah wrote a review Sep 2020
Logan, Utah8 contributions5 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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C F wrote a review Sep 2020
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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!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Princess279 wrote a review Jul 2020
East Brunswick, New Jersey698 contributions124 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Daniel F wrote a review Jul 2020
Blair, Nebraska1 contribution1 helpful vote
For a different vacation experience, why not try fossil hunting with professional quarrymen? If passing through the Kemmerer, Wyoming region, and you have time to take a 2 hour detour (half hour there and back, and at least an hour of digging), you can have a lot of fun with almost guaranteed success of uncovering something truly ancient. Actually, for a complete experience, one should first stop at the nearby Fossil Butte National Monument for the background history of the prehistoric lake, and view some extraordinary fossil finds, such as crocodiles. The visitor center has paved roads right up to the door, is free, and is a completely modern facility. Explicably, when traveling Wyoming, you quickly discover that anything worth visiting, any good trail to hike that is not within a national park boundary, any natural feature, etc., is on a dirt/gravel road. That is just the way it is. These roads are not like the gravel roads of the midwest where the speed limit is 50 mph. These can be decent in some places, or have potholes, and may have rocks sticking up 3 to 6" in different places. With a conventional low-clearance automobile, I was able to negotiate the 20-30 miles (cannot recall the full distance once departing the highway) at about 30 mph. If it had just rained 2" then I would not have felt as adventurous, unless I was in something SUV height. But then of course, Wyoming does not get a lot of rain The road to Fossil Safari (Warfield Fossil Quarries) is the same road that leads you to American Fossil Quarries. They are within close proximity of each other. The roads are marked, and Google maps was functional most of the time, so a Cell tower must be near. This is not always the case when negotiating ranch or fire roads in Wyoming. The quarry manager was very helpful and accomodating. The tools were in great condition. In order to provide a satisfying experience, there was an option to split plates of the soft rock that were previously extracted and set aside for quick access. I opted to go right to the freshly freed rock right at the base of the quarry wall. Optionally, you can pull rock a little higher off the stair-stepped quarry wall, and have a chance to find some interesting fossils, but perhaps little or nothing at all. However, if you pull out rock plates from the "fish layer", where pointed out by the quarry manager, it is nearly impossible not to find little brown fish. My advice - find the dryest rock plates possible for your splitting. You can start with a 1 1/2" thick plate, and keep splitting into thinner pieces as little as a quarter inch or less. This includes huge plates 2' or 3' in diameter. The rock plates in the piles along the base of the quarry wall will vary in moisture content as to whether they have seen enough sun or wind to dry out. As you pull plates from the lower reaches of the pile, you will find the stone looking a little darker and cool to the touch. These will not split easily and will crumble more. A good reason to opt for splitting the stone piled away from the wall, that has been drying in the sun. Do not overlook the small rocks, splitting even a 8" diameter piece of rock can yield a fish fossil. For most of my hour there I was the only customer, and the manager trimmed one of the fossil finds down to a manageable size for me. Otherwise be prepared for packing the fossils you want to take home in something that will contain all the white dust that will also be all over your legs. I highly recommend fossil hunting at Fossil Safari!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Steve D wrote a review May 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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