Fossil Butte National Monument

Aug 15, 2016

Fossil Butte National Monument preserves one of the richest fossil deposits in the world. Fifty two million year old fish, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants are nearly perfectly preserved in limestone.

Visitor center exhibits include over 300 fossils featuring a thirteen-foot crocodilian, the oldest complete bats and a mass mortality of 356 fish. Also, enjoy two video programs, interactive exhibits, and a book store.

Hiking trails highlight the geology, paleontology, wildlife, and local history. A scenic drive and picnic area are also available. Summer programs include a visit to the fossil quarry on Fridays and Saturdays, mid-June through mid-August, fossil preparation demonstrations and exhibit tours.

The visitor center is open daily 9 am-5:30 pm. Free admission.

Call 307-877-4455 or visit for more information.