Fossil Park Highlights

ranger talking to group
Badlands National Park's Paleontology Intern, Kathryn Pauls, explaining the proper procedures to take when visitors encounter fossils within park boundaries.

NPS Photo.

Many National Park units have made information about their fossils and paleontology programs available on the Internet. Follow these links to learn more about educational programs and fossil resources in the National Parks.

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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, NE

Amistad National Recreation Area, TX

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, AK

Badlands National Park, SD

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, AK

Big Bend National Park, TX

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, MT &WY

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, MA

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Buffalo National River, AR

Cabrillo National Monument, CA
  • Paleontologic Research

Canyonlands National Park, UT

Cape Krusenstern National Monument, AK

Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, NM

Channel Islands National Park, CA

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, OK

Coronado National Memorial, AZ

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, ID

Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, OH
  • Videos: How common are fossils? | What kinds of fossils are found?

Death Valley National Park, CA &NV

Denali National Park and Preserve, AK

Dinosaur National Monument, CO &UT

Effigy Mounds National Monument, IA

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, CO

Fossil Butte National Monument, WY

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, AK
  • Museum Collections

Glacier National Park, MT

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ &UT

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Grand Teton National Park, WY

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, ID

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, OR

Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK

Kobuk Valley National Park, AK
  • Museum Collections

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, AK

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, MN
  • Twin Cities Geology
  • Lilydale Fossil Hunting Information Packet
  • Classroom Activity: Make Your Own Fossil (Grades 4-6)

Mojave National Preserve, CA

Montezuma Castle National Monument, AZ

Natchez Trace Parkway, AL, MS &TN

National Capital Parks DC, MD, VA
  • Urban Fossils: Stories in Stone (251 KB PDF)

Natural Bridges National Monument, UT

New River Gorge National River, WV

Niobrara National Scenic River, NE

Olympic National Park, WA

Oregon Caves National Monument, OR

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI

Pinnacles National Monument, CA

Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

Prince William Forest Park, VA

Russel Cave National Monument, AL

Saguaro National Park, AZ

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CA
  • Paleontological Research

Scotts Bluff National Monument, NE

Springfield Armory National Historic Site, MA

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

Timpanogos Cave National Monument, UT

Tuzigoot National Monument, AZ

Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA

Vicksburg National Military Park, MS

War In The Pacific National Historical Park, Guam
  • Geologic Features within the Guam Seashore Study Area (1MB PDF)

Wind Cave National Park, SD

Wupatki National Monument, AZ

Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT &WY

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, AK

Zion National Park, UT