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This site is of a lake bed. The deposit is mostly leaves. It's easy to find fossils which were alive 30 MILLION years ago, but no dinosaurs. It contains a lot of Oregon's State Fossil, the metasequoia. So go and find your own message left...More
A five dollar donation to the local Fossil High School allows you to excavate for real fossils. Simple tools are provide to aid in your search.
Years ago, while carving out their athletic field, the locals realized they'd un-earthed a treasure trove of plant and...More
You can't take fossils from the nearby John Day Fossil Beds National Park, so this is the place to go if you want to dig. Directly behind the high school in Fossil. $5 per person honor pay into wood box, and tools available for use...More
Directly next to the picture shown here is the Wheeler County RV Park. Reservations must be confirmed several days in advance by money order or check. Its management is part time so one needs to get way ahead in their planning. As for fossil hunting,...More
The fossil beds are great for kids and adults. The local kids actually taught us the correct way to crack open the rocks to find our fossil treasures.
The cost is $5 per person and kids under 5 are free. The most important tools are...More
We had a wonderful time In fossil!
First off everyone is very nice and very helpful!
We located the highschool and dug for about 30 minutes....
Found lots of fossils and there where a lot more to be found!!
I would suggest if you have...More
We camped out at the fair grounds, dug fossils in the sun behind the high school, and ate lunch in front of the town store, on the wooden sidewalk with our three elementary age kids (who now in HS/college) still remember this a s a...More
We love nature and exploring many aspects of it. Paid $5 to dig with the tools they provided. (Next time hubby would bring his own because he's that way). Within 10 min we discovered a veritable leaf pile! What an experience! If you aren't interested...More
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