Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal

#9 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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92 reviews
  • July 22, 2017
    Plenty of signs on the farming roads to help you find this location. Was very interesting to see the fossil beds. People working in the rhino barn were very friendly and informative. Took lots of ques...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    If you want to see geology come to life, this is a good place to go. The visitor center was interesting and informative. There were two people looking for tiny fossils, who were available to answer qu...  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    The interns really make this location a gem. The visitors center is informative but is fairly small and therefore was crowded. There are numerous microscopes to look at fossils and dirt of the differe...  more »
  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • June 15, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    Amazing fossil site! Well worth the drive into the middle of nowhere.
  • June 27, 2017
    Love this spot!! A must visit place - especially if you love science, fossils, and history!!
  • June 24, 2017
    Very fasinating fossils and sceenery along the drive to get to it was nearly breath taking

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