Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

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Gabbs, NV 89409- Map It
(775) 964-2440

AAA Editor Notes

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is 23 mi. e. via SR 844. This 1,540-acre park has fossils of gigantic marine reptiles known as ichthyosaurs, which once swam in an ocean that covered Nevada 225 million years ago. The Ichthyosaur Fossil Shelter is a fossil bed protected by a large shed. The park also contains the late 19th-century ghost town of Berlin, where fortunes rose and fell with the silver boom. Interpretive signs outline self-guiding tours among the town's 13 preserved buildings. The Diana Mine, dating to the early 20th century, is carved out of solid rock and contains historical tools and equipment used for silver mining. Guided tours are available. Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.
Park admission $7 (per private vehicle). Guided fossil shelter or mine tour $3; $2 (ages 6-12). Mine tour is limited to 12 people; reservations are required.
Hours: Park open daily 24 hours (weather permitting). Forty-minute guided tours of the Ichthyosaur Fossil Shelter are given Mon.-Fri. at 10 and 2, Sat.-Sun. at 10, noon and 2, Memorial Day-Labor Day; Sat.-Sun. at 10 and 2, mid-Mar. through day before Memorial Day and day after Labor Day to mid-Nov. A 40-minute mine tour is offered Fri.-Sun. at 11 and 1, May-Sept.