KEMMERER — Fossil Butte National Monument will begin offering its full range of interpretive programming starting on Saturday, May 25, and continue through the summer.
The visitor center will change its hours to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season for the monument.
“We are excited for a busy summer of interpretive programs,” said Superintendent Angela Wetz. “Although we have had a late winter, the monument is greening up with wildflowers blooming all over the place.”
Monument visitors can attend ranger-guided activities including fossil preparation demonstrations, porch talks, and timeline walks around the visitor center front porch. Visitors can also browse more than 300 fossils on exhibit, complete a Jr. Ranger program, and hike two trails. The trails range from 1.5 to 2.5 miles roundtrip and are moderately strenuous.
The monument’s scenic drive is open to the picnic area, where the pavement ends. The remainder of the scenic drive will open when weather allows. Scenic views and wildlife viewing opportunities are available on the drive for those with vehicles that can handle a steep gravel road. The picnic area is open for day-use only. There is no camping allowed within the monument.
Fossil Butte was set aside to protect diverse, abundant, and well-preserved fossils from the Eocene Epoch in the Green River Formation. It is also home to a high desert sagebrush ecosystem.
The visitor center, which displays more than 300 fossils, will be open daily. For more information about Fossil Butte, visit www.nps.gov/fobu, call 307-877-4455, or follow #FossilButteNPS on social media. There is no charge to enter the monument.
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