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North America > United States of America > Rocky Mountains (United States of America) > Wyoming > Southwest Wyoming > Fossil Butte National Monument
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Fossil Butte National Monument is a United States National Monument in Southwest Wyoming.

Understand

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Fossil Butte National Monument is a unique paleontological site, where ecosystems of the 50-million-year-old Green River Formation of the ancient subtropical lake bed were unusually well preserved. The fossils include fish, alligators, bats, turtles, dog-sized horses, insects, and many other species of plants and animals.

Get in

The visitor center can be reached along U.S. Highway 30 about 15 miles west of Kemmerer.

Fees/Permits

There is no fee to enter the monument. Donations are welcome.

Get around

See

  • Visitor Center. May-September: daily 09 am-5:30 pm; Oct-Nov 29: daily 08 am-4:30 pm; Nov 30-Mar 7: Tu-Sa 08 am-4:30 pm, closed holidays; Mar 8-Apr: daily 08 am-4:30 pm. There are over 300 fossils on display, two video programs and fossil preparation demonstrations.

Do

  • Fossil research quary. If you hike to Fossil research quary in summer Friday or Saturday between 11 am and 4 pm, you'll have a chance to witness fossil excavation.
  • Hike the 2.5 mile Historic Quarry Trail or the 1.5-mile Nature Trail
  • Become a Junior or Senior Ranger
  • Have a snack in the picnic Area

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