5 park rangers using eclipse viewing glasses
2017 Eclipse Viewing

NPS photo


Visitor safety is our priority at Fossil Butte National Monument. Report safety hazards to an employee or volunteer.


  • Wear sturdy, comfortable footwear.
  • Carry plenty of water.
  • Protect yourself from the sun and insects.
  • Be aware of elevation gains and steep downhill sections.
  • Avoid hiking during thunderstorms. Lightning can be dangerous as far as 10 miles away.
  • Trails, boardwalks, and bridges are slippery when wet or frosty. Use caution.
  • Keep dogs on a leash.


  • Use caution on gravel roads; they may be impassible when wet; loose gravel can cause rollovers.
  • Some gravel roads are narrow with steep grades (17%).
  • Drive cautiously and courteously.
  • Watch for animals on the road, especially at night.
  • Drive defensively and wear seat belts.
  • Obey posted speed limits.


  • Do not approach or feed wildlife..
  • Mountain lion, black bear, and moose habitat exists in the park. Be observant during your visit and report any sightings or encounters.
  • If camping on nearby public lands, keep a clean camp, and store food and garbage out of the reach of bears.


  • Mosquitoes, deer flies, horse flies, and wood ticks are bothersome in the spring and summer months.
  • Use insect repellent for protection.
  • No poisonous snakes live here


  • Leaving your pet in a closed vehicle during the warm summer days could spell disaster. Open windows more than a crack and check on them often.
  • Please keep pets under physical restraint at all times and clean up after them.
  • Do not allow your pet to harass wildlife.


  • The weather can change rapidly. It can be 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) one day and 30 degrees F (-1 degrees C) and snowing the next, even in July.
  • Strong winds are common.
  • Thunderstorms move in rapidly. Avoid ridgelines and tall trees. Keep your eyes on the sky.
  • Weather information is available at the visitor center or by checking the National Weather Service webpage.


  • Monument elevations range between 6,700 and 8,000 feet (2042 and 2438 meters). Be aware of your physical limitations and drink plenty of fluids to avoid the dehydrating effects of our dry climate.
  • Stop and rest frequently.


  • Call 911
  • Sheriff 307-877-3971
  • Cell phone coverage is spotty

Last updated: September 30, 2017

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 592
Kemmerer, WY 83101


(307) 877-4455

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