Fossil Butte National Monument is America's Aquarium in Stone. Some of the world's best preserved fossils are found in the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming's cold sagebrush desert. Fossilized fishes, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation. Most remarkable is the story they tell of ancient life in a subtropical landscape.Put Fossil Butte National Monument into our Kemmerer attractions website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Fossil Butte National Monument Reviews
Years ago on one of our road trips in the eighties my husband and I were driving from Jackson to Rock Springs to return to Arizona via The Flaming Gorge (spectacular drive) and we saw the sign to this... more »
Be sure to pay attention when you're driving in! They have signs serving as a model to illustrate how long the earth has been around and what forms of life appeared when. It's actually quite amazing. ... more »
We liked this place a lot. Great displays with intricate fossils, some showing one fish eating another one! Be sure to watch both films (13 minutes and 5 minutes). They cover different material so you... more »
Unfortunately, tube scenic drive was not open. We spent a couple of hours speaking with a geologist. Amazing amount of information. Visitors center is small but well filled. Small gift shop inside. Beautiful views of the surrounding area from the visitor center.
As you approach along the road towards the Visitor Center buildings, take note of the low and unobtrusive signs on the right! These subtle signposts represent dates on an enormous calendar, or ‘timeline’, of all previous activity on planet Earth. Both our mechanical Geology, as well as Gaia’s biology. Together it shows the complete scientist’s story of all our material resources. Everything under the sky.
As the name suggests, Fossil Butte NM is all about fossils, more specifically, local Wyoming fish fossils. Essentially, most of what is here (unless your car can navigate the possible perils of a long dirt road) is the visitor center. There is a lot to learn here. Most impressive was the geologic time line that started in the parking lot, time traveling along with you, as you walk towards the building entrance. Inside, there is much see. These fossils made Wyoming famous as fish fossils were found high above in elevation on the top layers of the Butte within the park. If one has the time or a vehicle capable, you can take a drive up to a fossil site on the Butte. If in the area passing by, it is certainly worth a visit especially if interested in our country's geologic history.
Literally in the middle of no where. However, it's worth the drive to find it and check out one of the coolest collection of fossils I've seen. The rangers were also very nice and informative when talking about the collection and the surrounding area. They also gave me several tips on other places to go exploring while I was there.
Nice trail with interpretative signs and viewing benches along the way. Definitely worth checking out
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