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“Collection of animal fossils still embedded in the ground”

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Royal
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Owner description: This archeological site, revealing prehistoric fossils, is a subdivision of the University of Nebraska State Museum
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 shop was very informative with many items on display/descriptions. We were super excited to go out to the Rhino Barn to learn more!!! When we got into the barn, it was almost deadly silent with 1 person working on the fossils. She looked at us but didn't say a single word, so we were left to navigate through the barn just reading the placards. We think it would be better with a narrated tour.

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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 to the freeway. The visit center/museum portion of the park has educational displays and hands on items. There are several shelters and a building that are discovery centers and allow the kids to enjoy a hands-on experience at the park. The observation building where the college interns are uncovering fossils is very impressive. The interns enjoy sharing what they know about the ashfall event at this ancient waterhole and the animals of the past. Well preserved fossils cover almost all of the floor in the building (and outside). We spend about two hours there and that was about the right amount of time.

There is a book titled Ashfall written by Mike Mullen. The author thoroughly investigated the impact of an ashfall. Then, he wrote a story about a modern-day event if the Yellowstone super-volcano was to erupt. Visiting the park and reading the book complement each other very well. I highly recommend doing both.

Thank MnNanook
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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
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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 I enjoyed was the exhibit didn't have voice overs. You had to read the description OR one of the employees/interns provided an explanation/interpretation and answered questions. It was like a sanctuary. Thank you, Ashfall Fossil Bed, for the total silence. It provided me with reverence for all that came before us and all that will follow, including you and me.

3  Thank fleabane2
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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 being worked. We spoke to archelogy students while they were busy unearthing the fossils. There is a cost per person ($7) as well as for a one day pass to Nebraska State Parks ($8). Ashfall seems like it is very remote but roads are good and the place is easy to find. Highly recommend to anyone but especially familys.

Thank BobUpNorth
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