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Devonian Fossil Gorge

Iowa City, IA
+1 319-338-3543
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Interesting but something's missing

I visited Iowa City in December, and being a geology geek, I stopped this spot just before I had to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cheryl P
Awsome place

Took 7 yo grandson there to look at fossils. We went into the visitors center & watched a cool... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kenneth S
North Liberty, United States
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited Iowa City in December, and being a geology geek, I stopped this spot just before I had to head back home. The visitor center was interesting and the staff was very helpful. They provided a pamphlet with info that corresponds to small numbered...More

Thank Cheryl P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took 7 yo grandson there to look at fossils. We went into the visitors center & watched a cool movie of the history of the gorge. VERY friendly staff in the center that gave grandson some neat gifts. He was delighted.

Thank Kenneth S
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This was super neat to check out. It's an old riverbed type of thing that got washed away in several floods, revealing tons of fossils. They're mostly plant fossils, corals, but some shells and other small creatures. We came here with small children and they...More

Thank supapfunk
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Formed by two massive floods in 1993 and 2005, the Corps of Engineers has made this 'damaged' former campground into an impressively interpreted fossil bed where you can very easily see the remnants of sea animals from 375-million years ago. Its a great idea to...More

Thank markmywordz
Reviewed 3 October 2017

You will find something different each time. My first time visiting was right after the flood that uncovered the Devonian gorge. I was fascinated then--even though I didn't quite understand what I was seeing. The joy of discovery took over. Now, there is a display...More

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Fun day out with a picnic to go thru the old sea bed and understand iowa use to be a shallow sea. My kids loved it and then we went to the beach and had a swim and picnic!

Thank Kassia S
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Great place to take the kids. We go ther to drive our rock crawler rc cars and scalers. It beautiful and free.

Thank shawn k
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This is an amazing place. But, if you don't spend time studying a bit before you come, you won't understand what you're seeing.

Thank iowamom2014
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Fun free activity if you enjoy searching for fossils. It's open until 10 but there are no lights so better to go during the day. This can be a quick stop not too far from the highway if you are in the area.

Thank Mom2_4boys44881
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Good call in information for the gorge via cell phone. Very intersting information in initial visuals in the way into the gorge. Caution - on an Iowa summer day - consider gooing in the morning, the rocks do seem to store and radiate heat.

Thank Kevin N
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1 July 2016|
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Response from baps6194 | Reviewed this property |
No admission fee!
9 January 2015|
Response from baps6194 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't see this question until now!! if you have not visit yet, I wouldn't recommend it in January because the freezing temps and ice. Very sorry for the delay but truth is I didn't even know people could ask me... More