Your first stop should be the interpretive displays and the fossil preparation laboratory. You are invited to ask the paleontologists about their work. Educational programs are presented on a regular basis. From the Visitor Center, it is but a short stroll to the Hubbard Rhino Barn, where new discoveries continue to be unearthed.
Ashfall is situated on 360 acres of rugged rangeland in the scenic Verdigre Creek valley. Nature trails were developed to help interpret the geology as well as the flora and fauna of the area. Picnicking is permitted on the park, and campers can use nearby Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area near Royal.
Collecting fossils or other specimens on the park grounds is strictly prohibited. (If every visitor took a "souvenir," one of Nebraska's natural historic treasures would be gone forever.) Preservation of Ashfall now and for future generations is made possible by the generosity of the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, which purchased the land in 1986, and the Burlington Northern Foundation, which supplied a grant for construction of facilities.
Paleontologists and interpretive staff at the site are provided by the University of Nebraska State Museum.
Hubbard Rhino Barn
Facilities are wheelchair accessible.
2017 Park Hours:
May 2-May 26:
Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sun/Mon
May 27-Labor Day (Sept 4):
Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Sept 5-Oct 8:
Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm, closed Mon
Oct 9: closed for the winter season
Entrance fee *AND* valid Nebraska Park Entry Permit required.
$5.00 per person age 3 and older
Park Entry Permit: $5.00 Daily Permit -OR- $26.00 Annual Permit
School and tour groups may make special arrangements to visit Ashfall between April 1 and October 20 with advance reservations. For detailed information and to make reservations call (402) 893-2000.