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Fossils at Wheeler High School

404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830-8378
+1 541-763-4303
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Fun little stop

Take a quick walk through history and see if you can find a fossil or two. We didn't find any, but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greg M
via mobile
So neat!

We stopped here after visiting the painted hills. They have all the tools you will need, even... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lakeland, Florida
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404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830-8378
+1 541-763-4303
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Fun experience of digging and finding leaf fossils. The money goes to help for high school activities.

Thank Blue8235
Reviewed 29 April 2017

This is a DIY place. You pay $5 more or less, at a drop box and walk in along a path. The hillside pictured is where you dig. I found a leaf fossil. In all fairness, I was not prepared. I didn't bring my coat...More

2  Thank F4981JCmichaels
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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...More

25  Thank James C
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...More

2  Thank Lauretta B
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...More

Thank Oregon-ByDesign
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
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...More

3  Thank hcajones
Reviewed 20 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,...More

Thank Skipper3436
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