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Fossil Butte National Monument, Kemmerer
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  • The Visitor Center is actually a "fossil museum" with hundreds of fossils collected in this fossil-rich area. There is a great variety of fossils, including a 13-foot crocodile. When we were there, th...  more »
  • This is a hidden gem in Wyoming. It is great park to visit. Trails are well maintained and marked. Rangers are extremely helpful and will give great guidance on where to hike. Wildlife viewing is exce...  more »
  • We did this as a day trip and it was well worth it. We hiked to the old quarry first. (Definitely take water and some motivational snacks.) My kids ages 9, 7, 4 made it to the top; there are some stee...  more »
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  • I was on a road trip in October, basically hitting as many National Parks and monuments as I felt like and decided to take the detour to Fossil Butte on my way to the Rockies from Grand Teton. It ended up being my favorite stop! The timeline on the way puts things into perspective and the visitor's center is gorgeous with an insane collection of fossils and some really interesting facts about the area. The ranger I talked to was informative and cool as well. I liked the scenic drive too! It's a surprisingly long drive up into the hills where you can overlook the surrounding area and hear nothing but the wind. It's so peaceful. Be warned however; the road becomes unpaved rather early in the drive and is washed out in areas, making for an exciting and bumpy ride. While I was there, it had snowed early in the morning and so I essentially went mudding for a little while. My car looked ridiculous afterward but it was totally worth it. Definitely stop here if you're passing by.
  • The visitor center was nice. It was a good stopping point between Yellowstone and Salt Lake City.
  • Pretty, not the best place for running but worth a visit if you're driving through.
  • Fossil Butte is, as the name suggests, a fossil-oriented park. It is known for its plant and animal fossils from just after the dinosaurs died out, in the Palaeocene and Eocene epochs, especially its well-preserved and abudant fish. One of the most eye-opening features of the park is its geological timescale. Starting about 2/3 of a mile from the visitor center on Chicken Creek Road, you start seeing signs about events that have occurred, starting with the formation of Earth 4.567 billion years ago. Using a scale of 9” = 1 million years, you see more events as you drive to the visitor center. Once you park at the visitor center, you see more events, such as the extinction of dinosaurs, as you walk to the entrance. Arriving near the entrance door brings you to the present time on the timescale. Inside the visitor center is one of the best museum-like displays of fossils in all of the fossil-oriented parks. It was somewhat busy the day we arrived, a warm midday in July, but not enough to ruin the experience. An unexpected treat was to be able to watch a park employee working to reveal a new fish fossil from the rock containing it. As he was working under a microscope, what he was seeing was displayed on a TV screen above him. If you’re into hiking, the sagebrush and butte environment of the park is one where you can walk in beautiful solitude.
  • Our family stopped by to spend some time here and see the amazing fossils kept in this museum. Not many people visit this place, but I think it worths the detour. We come from Spain and fortunately English is not a problem for my 6yo daughter, who enjoyed every minute there. We were very lucky because Ranger John showed her around the place and taught her personally how a paleontologist works. My daughter wanted to be a paleontologist since the next day. A month later, and having seen 20 more national parks and monuments such as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Arches and many other wonderful places during our holidays, she still says that her favourite visit was to Fossil Butte.