Fossil Butte National Monument offers 4 miles of maintained trails. Unmaintained trails exist off the unpaved stretch of the Scenic Dive. View the Map of Fossil Butte to reference locations within the monument.
Each of the trails offers something different, but all offer a chance to explore the scenic and cultural value of Fossil Butte. Below are descriptions of the trails to help you find the outdoor experience you are looking for.
Be aware that fossils are not visible from any of the trails. The Visitor Center offers the chance to view and learn about fossils.
Historic Quarry Trail - 2.5 mile loop, 600 feet elevation gain
This trail is moderately strenuous. Restrooms, water, and a small picnic area are available at the start of the trail. This trail is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
Nature Trail - 1.5 mile loop, 300 feet elevation gain
The Picnic Area, restrooms, and water are available at the start of this trail. This trail is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
Unmaintained Trails - Road Hiking
Past the Nature Trail and Picnic Area, the Scenic Drive continues 4 miles up a steep incline on gravel road. If you are driving a RV or pulling a trailer behind your vehicle, we do not suggest continuing up this road. It is very narrow and there may not be any area large enough to turn your vehicle around. You are welcome to unhitch a trailer and leave it in the Nature Trail or Visitor Center parking area.
Cundick Ridge Road - 2 miles total, out-and-back, minimal elevation gain
Eaglenest Point Road - 2 miles total, out-and back, some elevation gain
Rubey Point Road - 3 miles total, out-and-back, some elevation gain
Last updated: September 20, 2017