Plan Your Visit

Blue sky and fluffy white clouds over Fossil Butte.

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Fossil Butte National Monument is located in the sagebrush-covered hills of rural, southwestern Wyoming. Wide open spaces, fresh air, blue skies, abundant wildlife and, of course, some of the most incredible fossils in the world are found here.

The visitor center and museum are open year round, though hours vary by season. Ranger-led programs are offered during the summer.

During the summer months, hiking trails provide a wonderful way to experience the monument. Spring and fall offer cooler temperatures and many chances to view wildlife. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are great ways to explore the park during winter months.

There is no camping, lodging, or restaurants in the park, but there are options in the local communities. Kemmerer and Diamondville are 12 miles from the park. Further away are Cokeville, Evanston, Green River, and Rock Springs.
Exhibit with around 50 different Green River Formation plant fossils.
Things to Do

See the fossils in the visitor center museum or learn about geology while hiking one of our trails.

The visitor center with sagebrush in front and the snow-covered butte behind.
Operating Hours and Seasons

The visitor center's hours change depending on the season.

Sagebrush sloping up to a ridge overlooking a valley covered with snow and blue sky and clouds above
Current Conditions at Fossil Butte

As you plan your visit, be sure to check out the current conditions at Fossil Butte National Monument.

A Fossil Butte map with a picture of the butte on top of a map of Wyoming.

Find out how to get to Fossil Butte National Monument.

The front of a train engine facing right painted red, blue, gold, and black
Nearby Attractions

Fossil Butte NM is within a 3-hour drive of 4 other national park sites.

Last updated: January 18, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 592
Kemmerer, WY 83101


307 877-4455

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