Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries, Kemmerer
Warfield Fossils invites you to come on a Fossil Safari® where you can dig your own fossil fish in our private quarry. There are an abundance of fossil fish in the “Green River Formation.” Most people find enough fish to satisfy their appetite in the first two hours.Using our international travel planner, Kemmerer attractions like Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
No Reservations are Needed! There is no need to call before you come, there are no phones at the quarry. There is always someone at the quarry during business hours. Just print a map, show up and we will give you the tools to dig. It's that easy.
We will provide you with the proper tools and a basic guided lesson to ensure you a successful fossil hunt! There are hard hats and safety glasses available for your safety and use at the Quarry.
What You will need to Bring
Water, food, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and gloves. Keep in mind the quarry is at 7,300 feet in elevation. There are no amenities available at the quarry. (An outhouse is as fancy as it gets!) You will also need to bring your own empty boxes and wrapping materials to ensure your fossils have a safe journey home.
Kids and Pets are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash.
Fossil Safari® Season and Hours
7 days a week, 8am to 4pm
The Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through September
We accommodate Individuals, Families, and Groups of ALL Sizes!
Also ask about our VIP Night Digs:
In addition to our split rock quarry, Warfield Fossil Quarries is now offering
“VIP” night Digs at our famous 18” Layer Quarry. For a fee of $500,
you can join the crew for this truly unique once-in-a-lifetime experience.
(We dig at night to control the lighting and avoid the daytime heat.)
Shuttle service will be provided to the Quarry where you can participate
in the task of exposing the layers that contain the fossils.
For your efforts, you get to retain some of the fossils you help to find.
Our Quarries are located in Southwest Wyoming, home of the Famous Green River Formation a fresh water lake system. All of the fossils are
Eocene age (40-60 million years old). The layers contain numerous fish and plant life. Other rare fossils frequently found are: reptiles, mammals and a few amphibians. You won’t want to miss an opportunity like this.
Season: June - August
Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries Reviews
This is a super-unique adventure that I’d recommend to anyone. We came away with so many fossils and will definitely be going back. First off: DON'T GO THE WAY GOOGLE MAPS SUGGESTS. We came from the West and Google maps told us to take a little dirt road right to the safari. After about fifteen minutes, we encountered a sign saying “Warning: Road is not safe. This is not the road to the pay-to-dig Fossil Quarry”. Luckily we had printed off the map from the website, which takes you through Kemmerer. Print off the map and you’ll be just fine. Digging for fossils was just an awesome experience. George (the owner) sets you up with a hammer, a chisel, and a little bit of knowledge. You can either dig your own slabs right out of the quarry wall, or you can search through rows and rows of big rocks that the Safari had laying around. We spent $75 for the 4 hour block (plus the 1 bonus hour) and it was worth every penny. Remember to bring bubble wrap or newspaper to pack your fossils in. The road to the quarry is pretty bumpy and George called it a “fossil killer”. George also has some tile-saws for anyone to use - so if you find a good-lookin fossil on a huge rock but you want to smash it down to size, don’t do it. I had a few nice fossils that I ruined by trying to resize them. Just use the saws!
The working face of the quarry which is open to the public is for the most part intensely fractured and the rock is hard and brittle. the result is that most of the fish you'll find will be broken, small 3-4" fish. There was only one locale on the quarry where you could extract a slab large enough to recover a complete larger fish. After 8 hours of splitting rock I was able to collect about 15 suitable/complete 3-4" fish fossils. Also, the rock slakes (deteriorates) after exposure, meaning that you will have to treat the fossil and the rock to keep it from falling apart. Maybe as the quarry advances into the hill and away from the canyon's slope/outcrop, rock quality will improve.- it's not there yet.
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