Fossil Butte National Monument


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Fossil Butte National Monument:

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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Fossil Butte National Monument

Address:PO Box 592
Kemmerer, WY 83101

Phone:307-877-4455
Fax:307-877-4457
Web: www.nps.gov/fobu/
Size: 8,198 acres.
Established: Established on October 23, 1972.
Location:In southwestern Wyoming, near the intersection of US 189 and US 30.
Facilities:Picnic area, visitor center, museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Hiking, horseback riding, guided tour.
Special Features:This 50-million-year-old lake bed is one of the richest fossil localities in the world. The most noteworthy record of freshwater fossil fish ever found in the United States is preserved here. Fossil insects, snails, turtles, birds, bats, and plant remains are also found in the 50-million-year-old rock layers. Today, Fossil Butte is a semi-arid landscape of flat-topped buttes and ridges dominated by sagebrush, other desert shrubs, and grasses.

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Children here can go back to the prehistoric era at Fossil Butte National Monument, where the remains of fish and insects, snails, turtles, birds, bats and plants are preserved in 50-million-year-old layers of rock.
Fossil Butte National Monument protects a portion of this ancient lakebed.
For more information, write to Fossil Butte National Monument, P.