Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

Austin, NV

Where are we going?

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
State route 844
NV 89310

775 964-2440

What is there to do?

Some of the USA's state parks have great outdoor adventure, and some have a fascinating history. Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is one that has both!

This incredible state park is rich with history, both from the 19th century and from millions of years ago!

The park contains a town that was actually built in the 1890s, and is preserved in a state of arrested decay, but still incredible to see.

It is a true Nevada ghost town! Kids, don't worry, we don't mean it's haunted. A ghost town is a name for a place that was once thriving, but no-one lives there anymore.

Within Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park you can really step back in time and see the original buildings that remain from all those years ago, and even visit some of the towns former residents in the cemetery.

And for that history from millions of years ago? Well, Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is also home to the most abundant concentration, and the largest known remains, of the incredible Ichthyosaurs! This ancient creature was actually a marine reptile that swam in the warm ocean that covered Nevada 225 millions years ago.

Yes, Nevada used to be under the ocean! How is THAT for an incredible history?

The fossils can be found in the park's Fossil House, which is also a great place to start your adventure within the state park. 

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park also offers camping from mid-April to October, and plenty of trail markers so you can enjoy your own self-guided tour of the area.

A jurassic family day out in Nevada!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $5 vehicle fee


When can we go?

The park is always open. Fossil House tours operate 10am and 2pm, check the website for days. Mine Tours operate Fri - Sun at 11am and 1pm.

Park is open year round. Fossil House tours operate March to November. Mine Tours avaialble May to September


Any top tips?

The mine tours are available May 1 through September 30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required and participants must be at least 6 years of age or older to attend the tour.

I’m Hungry!

A day use picnic area with tables, grills, drinking water and restrooms is near the Fossil House so bring that packed lunch! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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