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Fossil Butte National Monument

Fossil Butte National Monument

The turnoff to Fossil Butte National Monument north of U.S. Highway 30 is about 12 miles west of Kemmerer, Wyo. The monument features a visitor center displaying fossils and interpretive information and offers limited opportunities to volunteer in a fossil quarry. For admission fees, hours of operation or other information, call (307) 877-4455 or visit www.nps.gov/fobu/index.htm

It is illegal to collect vertebrate fossils such as fish from public land without a permit or from private land without permission of the landowner.

The Ulrich family runs Ulrich’s Fossil Gallery, a private fossil-preparation business and gallery on land next to the monument. The Ulrichs also offer summer visitors the opportunity to quarry fossils for a fee on leased state land. The Ulrich operation is clearly visible from the entrance road to Fossil Butte National Monument.