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Very cool little place in middle oregon. Beware of heat

We were doing a little cross country commute from southeast washington to Bend, and found the town... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great fun for the kids (and adults)

It took me 40 years to return to Fossil, this time with my kids. They had a great time trying to... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2018
Portland, Oregon
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404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830-8378
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were doing a little cross country commute from southeast washington to Bend, and found the town of Fossil on the road map. We mostly came through here to see the Fossil museum which of course had very little to do with fossils and everything...More

Thank abearfellow
Reviewed 2 September 2018

It took me 40 years to return to Fossil, this time with my kids. They had a great time trying to find fossils. We found a few partial pieces. Tools were provided and a donation is requested. I remember being able to find more fossils...More

Thank travelingchris2018
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

Karen at the Paleo Museum in Fossil demonstrated how to crack open shale to discover fossils. She directed us to the high school where we found a sign, trail, tools to borrow, the donation box, and the sound of someone on the hill tapping away...More

1  Thank AnnKirby
Reviewed 12 April 2018

Last minute meet up visit with my sister in Condon, OR and we sought out the Fossils at Wheeler High School. This place was easy to find, the tools available for use was an extremely cute touch, the honor system pay station was well marked...More

Thank Owhite9999
Reviewed 30 March 2018

The fossils that you find here are mostly leaves. It’s fairly easy to dig and they do have tools to use but you probably should bring your own to make it easier. We brought a small shovel and a rock pick and used a garden...More

1  Thank Ron D
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We were in Central/Eastern Oregon camping. I've read about this place for a few years now and was looking forward to going there. It was abit out of my wife's and my travels, but figured it was worth it. Glad we brought our own tools....More

2  Thank morodmt
Reviewed 20 September 2017

What an amazing place! They try to keep tools on site, but the tools immediately walk away. Be sure to bring a hammer, small wood chisel, and maybe a small shovel. We dug into a layer of soft rock at the base of the hill...More

1  Thank Steve M
Reviewed 11 September 2017

There's not much to this attraction - shove a few dollars in a metal box, grab a handful of garden tools from a shed and head back to the hill behind Wheeler High's football field until you see the exposed fossil deposits. If you come...More

Thank irene-ringworm
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Spent an hour letting the children dig on the hillside behind the high school. They had a great deal of fun even though it was hot and they did not find many fossils. Surprised to find there were tools and bucket that could be borrowed...More

Thank BrandingExpert
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Behind Wheeler High School in Fossil is one of the few places you can actually dig for and discover fossils in the John Day Fossil Beds. It is basically a hillside behind the school with exposed rock layers - nothing fancy, but a great opportunity...More

3  Thank PJBilotta
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