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 offer something different, but all offer a chance to explore the scenery and geology 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. Fossils are on display in the visitor center.
Please be cautious hiking at Fossil Butte National Monument. The park is located between 6,600 ft (2012 m) and 8,000 ft (2438 m) in a desert; you will get sunburned and dehydrated more easily than at lower elevations. The air is also much thinner than at lower elevations and can put more strain on you.
Collecting fossils or other natural or cultural items is prohibited by federal law 36 CFR 2.1.
Last updated: July 20, 2023