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    Fossil Butte

    National Monument Wyoming

Nearby Attractions

Emigrant Springs on the Sublett Cutoff of the Oregon Trail
NPS photo
 
The Sublette Cutoff of the Oregon Trail passes 5 miles north of Fossil Butte National Monument. "Emigrant Springs", an aspen grove and spring where weary emigrants rested before venturing west, is accessed via 15 miles of gravel road. Graves of emigrants who died along the trail in the 1800's are accessible from the main gravel road via one mile of deeply rutted dirt road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. Contact the Kemmerer Bureau of Land Management office at 307-828-4500 for information.
 
J.C. Penney home

NPS photo

Nearby Kemmerer is the home of the first J.C. Penney store and Penney's original homestead.

Kemmerer's Fossil Country Museum introduces visitors to coal mining, bootlegging, cattle rustling, and fossils of the area.

 
Fort Bridger State Historic Park is approximately 60 miles south of the national monument. Fort Bridger, established as an emigrant supply stop along the Oregon Trail in 1843, became a military outpost in 1858. Several restored historic buildings, a trading post and museum remain on site.
 

Other nearby attractions:



Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Wildhorses

Wyoming Big Springs Backway

Commercial Fossil Quarries and Rock Shops
(See Fossils and Quarrying under Play; Rock Shops under Shop)



Other pages to help you plan your visit:



Official Wyoming State Travel Page

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