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    Fossil Butte

    National Monument Wyoming

Plan Your Visit

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Freshwater stingray on display in the visitor center
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Fossil Butte National Monument is located between 6800 and 8100 feet elevation in the sagebrush covered hills of rural, southwestern Wyoming. Wide open spaces, fresh air, blue skies, abundant wildlife and, of course, some of the most incredible fossils in the world are found here.


To participate in ranger-led activities, schedule your visit during the months of June, July, and August. Allow all day to fully explore the park. Spring and fall offer cooler temperatures and many opportunities to view wildlife. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities exist during winter months.

The visitor center containing fossil exhibits and interactive displays is open 361 days of the year.

Camping is not available.

Did You Know?

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Plant fossils, like palm fronds, tell us that 50 million years ago, southwest Wyoming's climate was much like Florida's is today.