Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, Royal

#3 of 7 in Childrens Museums in Nebraska
Must see · Science Museum · Hidden Gem · 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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  • What an amazing place to visit. A little hard to find, but worth the drive. The area is very neat, the state workers were all very nice. They explained the covid guidelines and how to follow the...  more »
  • This was a watering hole where early mammals perished after ash fell from Yellowstone’s volcano erupting 1.2 million years ago. It is an active excavation site. Avoid a Monday visit because only a.....  more »
  • Everything about this place is awesome. It costs $7 per person in the car plus if you're out of state it's $10 for a state park ticket. The place is really well maintained. There is a covered shelter for picnic tables ( watch out the left side had a huge wasp nest in the rafters!) There is really a large amount of information to take in and it's presented with excellent clarity. The main room with the fossils was brightly lit and you get pretty darn close. Be certain to also check out the top viewing area!
  • Very cool. We all really enjoyed our visit. They have a nice visitor's center with some displays and a gift shop as well as periodic demonstrations of the fossil preservation process. The main highlight is the rhino barn which is a large building that covers the main fossil bed. There were also a couple of other buildings that appeared to used for special functions. They also had an area where kids can dig in the sand for "fossils".

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