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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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Fascinating active dig site in the beautiful hills of Northern Nebraska. Helpful staff. Worth your... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Stephanie E
Omaha, United States
via mobile
Learning about fossils

This was an eye opener. The site is not there for either research or finding fossils. It is there... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
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This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
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86930 517th Ave, Royal, NE 68773-5052
+1 402-893-2000
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Fascinating active dig site in the beautiful hills of Northern Nebraska. Helpful staff. Worth your drive.

Thank Stephanie E
Reviewed 24 September 2017

This was an eye opener. The site is not there for either research or finding fossils. It is there to show people how the search and retrieval of fossils occur. The young man at the site one the day we were there had finished his...More

Thank alphawolfie
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

This amazing historical site is a must visit for history buffs. These fossil beds are being dug by UNL department Interims. Each summer they are uncovering new fossils in the section that is currently being excavated. The past sections hold so many clues to our...More

1  Thank Herman16
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We visited this attraction during our yearly state trip (Nebraska/Iowa combo this year) and were very disappointed. It is about a 3 hour drive from Omaha, but for us was not worth the time. It costs $7/person to get in and $6/per car. The gift...More

Thank boardinprincesa
Reviewed 15 September 2017

The Ashfall Fossil Park is a little out of your way as you trek through Nebraska but the stop is definitely one that should be on your list. The park is located in the rolling hills of northeast NE so a scenic drive when compared...More

Thank MnNanook
Reviewed 27 August 2017

The fossils are lovely! There is SO many in one place it's extraordinary! I went during high school in 2013 with classmates and surely want to return sometime soon with family or friends!

1  Thank Jolene D
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

I planned to visit this site after viewing the eclipse and wasn't disappointed. In fact, this totally eclipsed the eclipse... Reading the reviews, the park has definitely improved over the years and may have worked out most if not all of the limitations. One thing...More

3  Thank fleabane2
Reviewed 19 August 2017

The Ashfall Fossil Beds are a Nebraska State Park and designated as a national natural landmark. Visiting Ashfall is an opportunity to learn about and see animals most of never thought would have been here. The dig is located in a building and is actively...More

Thank BobUpNorth
Reviewed 17 August 2017

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 22 July 2017

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
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