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Fossils at Wheeler High School

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Address: 404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830-8378
Phone Number:
+1 541-763-4303
Fee: Yes

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A Terrific Experience

My wife and I have been to this attraction several times, sometimes alone and sometimes with younger relatives, and we think it is a really special place. However, we have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
James C
Portland, United States
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Portland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I have been to this attraction several times, sometimes alone and sometimes with younger relatives, and we think it is a really special place. However, we have concluded that a family group visit is greatly enhanced when members of the group (particularly younger family members) have appropriate expectations and when appropriate preparations for the activity have been... More 

3 Thank James C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This site is of a lake bed. The deposit is mostly leaves. It's easy to find fossils which were alive 30 MILLION years ago, but no dinosaurs. It contains a lot of Oregon's State Fossil, the metasequoia. So go and find your own message left to you from 30 million years ago.

Thank Lauretta B
Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

A five dollar donation to the local Fossil High School allows you to excavate for real fossils. Simple tools are provide to aid in your search. Years ago, while carving out their athletic field, the locals realized they'd un-earthed a treasure trove of plant and ancient early mammal artifacts. The diggings are within an easy walk, albeit not handicap accessible.

Thank Oregon-ByDesign
Aloha, Oregon
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Our grand daughters were thrilled with all the fossils they found! So easy to access for children and very informative!

Thank Penney H
Portland, OR, USA
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89 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

You can't take fossils from the nearby John Day Fossil Beds National Park, so this is the place to go if you want to dig. Directly behind the high school in Fossil. $5 per person honor pay into wood box, and tools available for use (again, the honor system). We dug for quite a while, but could find nothing more... More 

2 Thank hcajones
Issaquah, Washington
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122 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Directly next to the picture shown here is the Wheeler County RV Park. Reservations must be confirmed several days in advance by money order or check. Its management is part time so one needs to get way ahead in their planning. As for fossil hunting, we found this to be a unsatisfying experience. Most of the fossils are plant life... More 

Thank Skipper3436
Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

The fossil beds are great for kids and adults. The local kids actually taught us the correct way to crack open the rocks to find our fossil treasures. The cost is $5 per person and kids under 5 are free. The most important tools are a hammer and flathead screw driver or chisel. Use the flat end to break flakes... More 

Thank Neil C
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful time In fossil! First off everyone is very nice and very helpful! We located the highschool and dug for about 30 minutes.... Found lots of fossils and there where a lot more to be found!! I would suggest if you have children to stop and try it out!

Thank Bobbie W
Boise, Idaho
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76 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

I was disappointed with this activity, but my kids had a good time. Our group of 9 people only found about 4 fossils.

1 Thank Amy35394
Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

We camped out at the fair grounds, dug fossils in the sun behind the high school, and ate lunch in front of the town store, on the wooden sidewalk with our three elementary age kids (who now in HS/college) still remember this a s a fun vacation! It was also a hoot visiting the site of a Biggest Loser gym,... More 

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