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Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal

#8 of 17 in Historic Sites in Nebraska
Science Museum Historic Site
Ashfall Fossil Beds is a national natural landmark with complete skeletons left in place for viewing. The research center and active dig site allows visitors to watch as paleontologists unearth barrel-bodied rhinos and other animals entombed by ash from a supervolcanic eruption 12 million years ago. There is no other place like it in the world.
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  • On our last visit we lucked out and Dr. Vorhies was there....he was more than willing to explain the area and the work that is still going on. This area is a must see. Although there are things to see...  more »
  • Ashfall's Fossil Beds State Park is a must for young families. The sight of seeing life of prehistoric animals is amazing. I have seen this park grow. The preservation efforts is a blessing. To have t...  more »
  • Worth the drive! You won't believe what your eyes are seeing in Northeast Nebraska! A fossil bed w rhinos dating million plus years old.. Hands on activities for kids. Love it!  more »
  • Awesome place to take children as they have sandboxes for the kids to dig for "fossils" as well as pieces that can be touched. Great place to learn about the types of animals that lived here before humans were around.
  • We learned a lot in a short time while there. It was really fun watching the actual digging that was going on. We were allowed to take our dog everywhere except the main gift shop building.
  • Amazing fossil site! Well worth the drive into the middle of nowhere.
  • Love this spot!! A must visit place - especially if you love science, fossils, and history!!
  • Very fasinating fossils and sceenery along the drive to get to it was nearly breath taking

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