Ashfall State Historical Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: $7.00
Description
Ashfall State Historical Park, more commonly known as Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park, is located in Royal, Nebraska. This property bears great historical significance and is a treasure trove of ancient fossil finds and facts. 12 million years ago, the area was impacted by a volcanic eruption that left the entire region covered in volcanic ash. Though it is believed that many species survived the volcano itself, they soon succumbed to ash inhalation and died.

Through decades of dedicated excavation efforts, paleontologists have discovered many intact skeletal remains lying in sedimentary beds. The work continues to this day with any discoveries being preserved and kept in their original locations. Dogs are not permitted in any public buildings; however, it would seem that park officials allow dogs to enjoy the outdoor areas with their owners so long as they remain on a lead and do not interfere with any artifacts. 

There are no on-site amenities provided for dogs. With this in mind, owners should come prepared with bottled water and poop bags. All owners must assume responsibility for their pets by cleaning up after them and disposing of their waste. Bathrooms are housed on the grounds for public use. Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park is a private facility. 

Entrance to the grounds necessitates a Nebraska Park Entry Permit and the appropriate park admission fee of $7 per person. The Nebraska Park Entry Permit is $6 per day for Nebraska residents and $8 for those residing elsewhere. Annual permits can be obtained at the cost of $31 for those residing in Nebraska and $46 for all others. 

This beloved historic space is home to a Visitors Center which contains artifacts and a fully functioning paleontological laboratory and the Rhino Barn where ongoing excavation efforts continue today. Dogs enjoying the property with their owners must be current on vaccinations. A city dog license is required. For a great day exploring a wonderful historic site, plan a visit to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park! 

Address
86930 517th Avenue
Royal, NE 68773
Hours
Mon 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Address
86930 517th Avenue
Royal, NE 68773
Hours
Mon 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM