Pisces Prehistoric

Pisces Prehistoric, Kemmerer: Address, Phone Number, Pisces Prehistoric Reviews: 5/5

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Dave F
Provo, UT7 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
We decided to take our family on Fall break in Utah. Utah has the same fall break for the entire state so everything there is super crowded. Here are a few points to mention about this activity.

1. Our kids ages were 1, 2.5, 5, and 7. It was a good activity for the two oldest but the two youngest had a hard time. I would like to stress that the staff there were very gracious about our kids and we ended up fossil hunting for two hours. We went at a time when it was not crowded at the quarry so our 2.5 year old could wander a bit. Keep in mind that the fossils are very fragile and a small child could easily break them. The staff was very gracious, but it may stress you out to keep an eye on them if the quarry was crowded.

2. You will find fossils! it was not clear from the website, but there are a lot of fish fossils in this place. It is probably not likely that you find something rare or valuable, but you will find fish. To us we just wanted some fish fossils that we found ourselves. Mission accomplished. (although the thought of finding a stingray may just take me back there)

3. There are pieces of fossil all around you on the ground. Our kids loved to pick up a fish tail here or a head there. They called them "free fossils". It was very exciting for them to just go through the rubble of other hunters and find their cast off fossils.

4. It was amazing to think about what you are doing. When you split the rocks you are the first person to ever see what you are seeing. That fish has been in there for 50 million years!

5. As the proprietor (JJ) says, "you will kill a lot more fish than you bring back to life" you will often find fish that are only half way in your rock. If you are careful and you find something rare, you can find the other half of it in the rock wall. The group next to us found a gar, scales and all. The only problem was that half of it was still in the wall. They were working their way down to it when we left.

5. The weather might be hot! It was 65 F all day, but the sun made it feel warmer than that. Make sure you watch the weather and you come prepared with sun screen, hats and water. Portapotties are provided.

6. Be prepared for rough roads. I could have gotten in there just fine with nearly any vehicle, but I have driven a lot of dirt roads. It takes a while to get in there from Kemmerer. If you are not expert dirt road driver, make sure you go slow and stay out of the rutts.

7. You are responsible for providing your own safety gear. Hard hats, steel toed shoes and safety glasses.

All in all it was a great time. Thanks to JJ and his team for providing a great experience for our family.
Written October 20, 2015
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AspenTD
Robbinsdale, MN39 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
My 8 year old son and I stopped for 2 hours of fossil hunting here and had so much fun. We found lots of fish fossils mostly small 3" ones and two larger ones. The thrill of looking and then finding gets so addict ting it's hard to stop. JJ the man in charge is great. He starts you off with lessons and the rules which are simple and fun to follow. I can not say enough how awesome this place is. There is no way you will not find something !!! But you will get very dusty and hot working in the quarry! Oh but it's worth it. We traveled home with so many fossils much to my wife's surprise when got home. I just wish we had a better way of getting them home we lost a couple do to the fossils drying out and literally falling of the rocks and some of them rubbed against each other. If your thinking about going stop thinking and go😃. I'm planning our return next year!
Written August 7, 2016
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Boanet
Lunenburg, MA66 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
JJ redeemed my fatherhood with my daughter. After 3 failed attempts out east we decided to try digging on vacation and hit pay dirt! Good as gold... They provided all of the tools and instructions you could ask for. There were even saws to trim your fishes and finds and JJ and the crew are great. Shipped a bunch home and could have ended up with more than we could ever give away. I can't say enough about the place. Just be prepared, it is a dig site, no fancy accommodations here!
Written August 23, 2016
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hnjoseypharmd
Dublin, GA29 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Stopped here for a four hour dig and came out with 24 different fish fossils from the Early Eocene Green River Formation. Would have found more but recent rains made splitting the shale tricky so go when it's dry. Staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. You get to keep anything you find less than $10,000 in value which is much better than some of the other pay digs in the area. Be careful on the drive in as the "road" is pretty primitive.
Written August 23, 2017
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Jessica W
West Valley City, UT104 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
They provided all of the tools and instructions you could ask for. There were even saws to trim your fishes and finds. We spent two hours pounding rocks in the sun. I even joked we were like criminals in a heavy labor camp, lol. You will find and destroy (by accident.) many fishes. You probably won't find any bats or stingrays, but we went to this specific place because you get to keep what you find. The other fossil places won't let you keep anything that's worth a lot of $. In the end, 2 hours passed quickly, but we had more than enough cool fishy fossils to satisfy. We didn't bring any children, but other folks had theirs. It was very safe as long as they weren't running amok by the heavy equipment. The area where they let you hunt is set apart from where those machines are operating. I'd love to go again and find more stuff!
Written August 5, 2016
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JWaters68
Carlsbad, NM145 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Visited this with 7 kids from age 8 to 20 this morning. All loved it. My nephew and son broke open a big boulder and scored with dozens of cool fossils. Everyone found fossils. Terry and JJ were fantastic and helped kids find and identify fossils. Worth the money!
Written August 2, 2016
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Donna R
Basking Ridge, NJ28 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
This place is great! You are inside what used to be a lake. The walls of the lake have been sheared off and you will break those stones open with a hammer and chisel. You will definitely find some fish fossils. I bit of a hike to get there but well worth it. A truly unique experience. Be prepared to get dusty!
Written July 24, 2016
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wyolion
Cheyenne, WY74 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
went over to Kemmerer to dig fossils at Pisces Prehistoric. Wasn't sure I would enjoy it much. Had the time of my life. Everybody in our group found at least 30 complete fossils each and some more. One of our group found a large stingray worth around $6k. This is the only place where you keep everything you find! If you go to the other places around there, they have people looking over your shoulder and they take anything you find, except the most common fish. JJ, the proprietor was incredibly helpful. Get your kids and family and get over to Kemmerer. You will not regret it!
Written July 18, 2016
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Colin W
Winfield, KS66 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
We had been planning a trip to the quarries near Kemmerer to find some Eocene era fossils. Our Pisces Quarry visit did not disappoint us. We paid for a 8hr day pass,($150 a person) and it was worth every penny. Despite what some places on the internet say, the BLM road to the quarry is actually very good. There are a few places where you have to watch for the ruts in the road but if you drive sensibly a 2WD car, van or SUV will have no problem reaching the quarry. JJ and Terry were great guys, answering any questions we had, moving larger rocks over for us to split and getting us set up to cut down the fossils we found on the saws. They have several cutting stations at the quarry, which is very nice so you do not have to lug home extra rock on your fossil plates. We brought plastic totes, rolls of bubble wrap and duct tape to wrap our fossils in, and everything made it home safely. We found lots of several different kinds of fish and a partial palm frond. If you get a chance to visit this quarry do so, it is worth it. Also remember JJ's Rule #1! (you'll have to go to know)
Written July 4, 2016
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bobncamille
Orlando, FL172 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
U Find It U Keep It! This dig site is awesome. The quarry is only 12 miles outside the town of Kemmerer. You’ll find driving directions on their website that are easy to follow and the signage to the quarry is good. The road is packed dirt, gravel and can have some ruts in it but any two wheel drive car will be fine if you take it slow. The dig site is open from 9-5 and no reservations are needed. Terry who lives at the quarry will greet you anytime you get there and set you up with a bucket, hammer, chisel and show you how to find your amazing fossils. Terry was very friendly, knowledgeable and even showed us some tricks on exposing the fossils. It will cost you $30 and hour or $150 for the day and it is worth it. Once you find your first fossil you won’t want to stop, it’s like a treasure hunt. So much fun! You can even get your fossils trimmed down into manageable pieces so you can wrap them up for the ride home. We brought old newspapers and a bucket to keep our treasure safe. Make sure you bring some water and good sun protection as there is no shade around, there is a port-o-let and that’s all you need because you’ll be too busy splitting rock for anything else. This is the only quarry that lets you keep fossils other than the 12 common fish fossils found in the area.
Written June 12, 2016
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