Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal

#8 of 17 in Historic Sites in Nebraska
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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  • Fascinating active dig site in the beautiful hills of Northern Nebraska. Helpful staff. Worth your drive.  more »
  • This was an eye opener. The site is not there for either research or finding fossils. It is there to show people how the search and retrieval of fossils occur. The young man at the site one the day we...  more »
  • This amazing historical site is a must visit for history buffs. These fossil beds are being dug by UNL department Interims. Each summer they are uncovering new fossils in the section that is currently...  more »
  • A hidden gem in northeast Nebraska! I’ve lived just 90 min away for most of my life but never knew what was up here. Very well put together. Knowledgeable staff. The guy digging was very engaging with our kids. This place is a must see!
  • This year they found ancient dog tracks! That was cool. Of course seeing rhino bones(and others) is not something I expected to see in the USA(other than a zoo). If you come at the right time the students will be digging up more bones and will answer any questions and give extra info. Who knows what else they will find through the years! It is wheelchair friendly, as well.
  • Very nice place. Stopped here while driving cross country. A little out of the way but well worth the visit.
  • Top notch park. It was a jaw dropping experience! We can't wait to return.
  • 12 million years in the making. Unique fossil bed which is still giving up its secrets. There is a good interpretive center and gift shop on site. Remember to bring plenty of water id you visit during the heat. Gift shop does sell bottled water if you forget

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