Picture in Picture interpreted videos also available in the video section of the website.
The path from the parking area to the visitor center is about 100 yards. There are two benches near the entrance doors.
An elevator is available if you need access to the second floor for special events. There are otherwise no public exhibits or displays upstairs. Our elevator is unique! It's the only elevator in all of Sioux County, Nebraska!
Exhibits in the main paleontology room have wide aisles and approaches. All text from the exhibits is available in a large print binder available at the front desk.
The visitor center front desk features a lowered interaction space with a removable front to accomodate wheel chair approach. An UbiDuo device is available to type conversations between visitors and the rangers.
The Cook Collection of Lakota Artifacts has very low lighting to protect the artifacts. Please ask at the front desk for a flashlight to help illuminate the display signage. The inner room includes a recording of traditional Lakota singing which plays on a constant loop.
The park brochure is available in various formats:
Picnic Tables and Pavilions
Picnic tables are available beneath shade structures south of the visitor center parking lot.
Water is available from our chilled and filtered water bottle filling station and drinking fountain in the visitor center. A pedestal style drinking filter is located near the picnic structure.
Walkways and TrailsAll walkways between the Visitor Center and parking area are concrete sidewalks. Walkways between the tipi area, picnic pavilions and parking area are crushed gravel with encroaching plants.
A wheelchair and a walker is available to borrow at the visitor center.
An open-captioned interactive hiker video is available in the visitor center. A paleontologist "hikes" with you up the two trails without leaving the building!
The Fossil Hills Trail
Last updated: December 8, 2023