Wyoming: Fossil Butte National Monument

Fossil Butte National Monument Entrance

Fossil Butte National Monument Entrance

View of Sagebrush Desert at Top of Butte

View of Sagebrush Desert at Top of Butte

Visitor Center Museum Mural

Visitor Center Museum Mural

Fossil Stingray (female)

Fossil Stingray (female)

Fossil Gar

Fossil Gar

Fossil Snake

Fossil Snake

Fossil Palm Frond

Fossil Palm Frond

Fossil Leaves

Fossil Leaves

Fossil Turtle with Crocodile Bite Marks on Shell

Fossil Turtle with Crocodile Bite Marks on Shell

13-Foot Fossil Crocodile

13-Foot Fossil Crocodile

Fossil Butte National Monument, near Kemmerer, Wyoming, is known as “America’s Aquarium in Stone”.  The area contains the largest deposit of freshwater fish fossils in the world!   We particularly enjoyed the fossil display at the Visitor Center.  Many of the fossils were animals familiar to us; the weather in Wyoming 50 million years ago was similar to Florida today.  This windswept landscape has a rugged beauty all its own.  More info is at:  http://www.nps.gov/fobu/naturescience/fossils.htm

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

2 Responses to Wyoming: Fossil Butte National Monument

  1. This looks cool Pam. I’ve been close to this area a couple of times, and I don’t know how I missed it. Next trip out, I’ll try to visit here and Dinoasaur NM. Have you been to Dinosaur? ~ James

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: