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.
2019 Operating Schedule:
Ashfall is closed for the season before May 1.
May 1-May 24:
Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sun/Mon
May 25-September 2:
Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
September 3-October 13:
Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm, closed Mon
Ashfall closes for 2019 on October 14
Ashfall Park is open regular hours on Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day
Entrance fee *AND* valid Nebraska Park Entry Permit required.
Entrance Fee: $7.00 per person age 3 and older
Nebraska Park Entry Permits are available in the Park's Visitor Center or you may purchase one now for faster check in when you arrive.
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.