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Fossils at Wheeler High School

404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830-8378
+1 541-763-4303
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Great addition to our road last minute get away

Last minute meet up visit with my sister in Condon, OR and we sought out the Fossils at Wheeler... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
Owhite9999
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Pullman, Washington
easy to dig place for fossils

The fossils that you find here are mostly leaves. It’s fairly easy to dig and they do have tools... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2018
Ron D
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830-8378
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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

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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

Thank Ron D
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

2  Thank PJBilotta
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

While passing through the area we had little time to search but I was lucky. I found a nice fossil plant leaf. Must be great to spend more time but unfortunately we had to move on.

Thank Ignace D
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Take a quick walk through history and see if you can find a fossil or two. We didn't find any, but it was fun to walk around and search.

Thank Greg M
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

We stopped here after visiting the painted hills. They have all the tools you will need, even safety goggles. Keep digging and you will find a ton of fossils.

Thank erykah282
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