Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is a 2,216-acre piece of land in eastern Nevada. Known for its diverse history as well as some challenging hiking trails, Berlin-Ichthyosaur is an exciting and varied experience, great for adults and children alike. The most famous part of this park tends to be its fully preserved ghost town of Berlin.
Initially built in the 1890s, the town was built around a still-preserved mine, the aptly named Berlin mine. During the town's boom, over 300 individuals were living there, some of whom still occupy the local cemetery. The now-abandoned town contains 16 original structures to explore.
In addition to the preserved buildings, there's also a multitude of interactive signage that illustrates the full history of the area. As these structures are indoors and in a state of preservation, dogs cannot enter any of them. All buildings are locked up promptly at 6:00 PM daily, so make sure to get in before sundown.
The second main attraction in Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is their fossil collection. This landscape is home to the most significant individual find of Ichthyosaur fossils ever discovered on the planet! These marine reptiles swam in ancient ocean waters that once covered Nevada over 200 million years ago. Today, you can view these incredibly complete skeletons by visiting the park's Fossil House, a 2-story complex that offers interactive displays, multiple exhibits, and a fully stocked gift shop.
Visitors should remember that canines aren't allowed inside of any indoor structures on park property. Camping is another popular past time in Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, with over 15 full hookup RV sites available for rental. Canines are allowed on these sites for an additional fee.
Also great for dog walking, this park contains over six miles of hiking trails. All of these trails include "self-guided tours" if you're looking for a bit more of an engaging experience. These trails all possess multiple doggie stations if you find you need to clean up after your pet.