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Contact: Marcia Fagnant, 307-877-4455 ext. 24
Contact: Angela Wetz, 307-877-4455 ext. 22
Winter is here and the holiday season is soon upon us. Do you need a place to bring your holiday guests? Perhaps you still have holiday shopping to do. Consider visiting Fossil Butte National Monument's visitor center. Over 300 fossils are on display, including a 13-foot crocodile and the world's oldest known bat. Our video program is narrated by two scientists who explain the ancient environment 52 million years ago. A shorter video explains the excavation and preparation of fossils. The Intermountain Natural History Association is offering 20% off book sales items from December 24-December 31.
Children of all ages are invited to participate in our Junior/Senior ranger program and make a fossil rubbing to take home.
The back deck of the visitor center is a good place to enjoy the quiet solitude of the sagebrush steppe in winter. You might experience a variety of wildlife including elk, pronhorn antelope, sage grouse, golden and bald eagles. If you arrive late afternoon, you might see rosy finches arrive to roost on the building stone for the night. With enough snow, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are fun winter activities.
The visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will be closed Christmas Eve from noon to 4:30 p.m., Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Please call 307-877-4455 for more information. Happy holidays!