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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park

86930 517th Ave, Royal, NE 68773-5052
+1 402-893-2000
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Great place to take the kids or grandkids for a fun and educational experience!

I am on my second generation of taking kids to Ashfall Park. The scenery is really pretty, the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Alicia E
Gretna, Nebraska
Cool,place to visit

Plenty of signs on the farming roads to help you find this location. Was very interesting to see... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“rhino barn” (13 reviews)
“million years” (12 reviews)
“fossil dig” (3 reviews)
86930 517th Ave, Royal, NE 68773-5052
+1 402-893-2000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I am on my second generation of taking kids to Ashfall Park. The scenery is really pretty, the museum is VERY informative and it is interactive for kids of all ages. Including my 28 year old son who had his picture taken while riding the...More

Thank Alicia E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty of signs on the farming roads to help you find this location. Was very interesting to see the fossil beds. People working in the rhino barn were very friendly and informative. Took lots of questions as they worked. The staff in the visitor center...More

Thank Kmpenate
Reviewed 12 July 2017

If you want to see geology come to life, this is a good place to go. The visitor center was interesting and informative. There were two people looking for tiny fossils, who were available to answer questions. The large building was breathtaking! Interns spend the...More

Thank Donna R
Reviewed 9 July 2017

The interns really make this location a gem. The visitors center is informative but is fairly small and therefore was crowded. There are numerous microscopes to look at fossils and dirt of the different ages but again this is hard if people are breathing down...More

Thank MarkDr777
Reviewed 2 July 2017

I am not really into the prehistoric times, however, with this being in Nebraska I decided to go through it. If like myself you are not into prehistoric times it is worth seeing at least once. For those who like this time period this place...More

Thank Randy O
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

I read about this place from " a short history about everything" (great book, 2 thumbs up) The story of prehistorical animals suffer from volcano ash lung slow death is intriguing. It is a fairly recent discovery. As we drive to yellowstone from michgan, this...More

Thank Kevin F
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This was a very unexpected and enjoyable stop. Visitor center is separate from the building with digging. Visitor center had good displays. Could watch interns working on skulls and other bones. The ancient and now extinct animals died from the dust of a volcano and...More

Thank Norma Z
Reviewed 20 May 2017

On our last visit we lucked out and Dr. Vorhies was there....he was more than willing to explain the area and the work that is still going on. This area is a must see. Although there are things to see outside most is inside the...More

Thank Howard L
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Ashfall's Fossil Beds State Park is a must for young families. The sight of seeing life of prehistoric animals is amazing. I have seen this park grow. The preservation efforts is a blessing. To have this unique opportunity in Nebraska is something to brag about.

Thank Janet C
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Worth the drive! You won't believe what your eyes are seeing in Northeast Nebraska! A fossil bed w rhinos dating million plus years old.. Hands on activities for kids. Love it!

1  Thank Holly W
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