UNSM Ashfall Fossil Beds will Reopen on May 1, 2021



Ashfall Fossil Beds will reopen on May 1, 2021.

Hello, and welcome to Ashfall Fossil Beds. Please note, we've recently made some changes to our facility for the safety of visitors, staff and researchers. In addition to increased cleaning measures, certain exhibits within the park are closed or operating under adjusted procedures. Additional details on park amenities and rule changes are listed below. 

Ashfall Fossil Beds is an active research and dig site. Collecting fossils or other specimens on the park grounds is strictly prohibited. 

Ashfall Fossil Beds Public Hours:

May 1 – May 28 Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am – 4:30pm
May 29 – September 6 (Memorial Day – Labor Day) Wednesday – Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm
September 8 – October 10 Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am – 4:30pm

Amenities and Exhibit Closures

The following portions of the park remain open to visitors: 

  • Hubbard Rhino barn is open to view the fossil bone bed. Student paleontologists are at work and able to interpret the site and answer questions.
  • Nature and geology trails remain open for walking and exploration.
  • Restrooms in the park are open. (Please wash hands after use.)
  • Bronze statues will remain open for viewing and photo opportunities.

The following portions of the park will be closed or operating with restrictions:

  • All kids dig and sandbox areas will be closed until further notice. 
  • The picnic pavilion will be open with limited capacity and social distancing of tables. Additional shade spots will be available throughout the park. 
  • Interactive exhibits within the Visitors' Center will be closed until further notice.
  • The gift shop inside the Visitors' Center will be open but operating with a limited inventory as well as a view, not handle, purchase policy. Credit cards are the preferred payment option.
  • Water fountains will be inaccessible. However, water bottles will be available for purchase in the gift shop. Guests are encouraged to recycle bottles in provided canisters. 


Ashfall Fossil Beds is located 2 miles west and 6 miles north of Royal, Nebraska. See on Google Maps.

Admission (includes taxes):

Adults, children 3 and older $7.50 per person
Children under 3 FREE
UNSM Membership (valid membership card must be presented upon arrival) FREE
Valid Nebraska Park Entry Permit required Permits should be purchased in advance. You may purchase one now from Nebraska Game & Parks.


Facilities are wheelchair accessible.