An unfurgettable, pawthentic Nevada experience awaits you and your pup at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park! Ruffly 20 miles east of the quiet community of Gabbs, this 1,540-acre site is home to an early 1900s ghost town, as well as the most abundant concentration of ichthyosaur remains. So pack up your pooch and hop into the car—it's time for a trip back in time!
Once a mining boomtown, Berlin has been an iconic Nevada ghost town since its abandonment in 1911. Many of the original buildings are still on the historic grounds, which can be explored on a self-guided tour. Pawse at the many signs around the town site to learn about Berlin's history and features. As you and Fido follow the trails, you will pass the mine superintendent's house, which now serves as the park ranger office, a blacksmith shop, a miner's dugout, and a mill building, among others. Paths also lead to the Diana Mine, which can be toured by reservation only, and the town's cemetery, where some of the original residents are interred.
The Fossil House, which protects and displays the ichthyosaur fossils, is located about 2 miles southeast of the Berlin ghost town. Visitors can get a glimpse of the remains of these prehistoric marine reptiles by taking a 40-minute tour that is offered seasonally. It is unclear if four-legged guests are allowed inside the building, but information and viewing windows are available should you opt to stay outside with Fido.
If all that exploring has left your tummies rumbling, head to the day-use picnic area near the Fossil House to refuel with a packed lunch. You will also find drinking water and restrooms here. If you'd like to extend your adventure at Berlin-Ichthyosaur, the park contains 14 campsites that cater to both tents and RVs. Whether you stay for an afternoon or a weekend, always keep your pooch on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them.
For a puptastic time in central Nevada, look no further than the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park!