Tell Us About Your Visit

Have you visited Mineral Wells Fossil Park?  If you have, and especially if you found some amazing fossils, please add a comment below and tell us all about it. Please post a link to your photos of the park in the comment section!

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#46 Samuel Murra 2016-04-19 07:58
I believe the pictured specimen number 14 under "what you can find". Is a rugose coral.
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#45 Saul 2015-08-23 20:42
Had a great time here. First timers but found plenty of interesting pieces , will post picture later.
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#44 Jennifer M 2015-01-31 17:51
My husband and I brought our 9yo, 7yo and 2yo to dig with no big expectations. We were so wrong! We didn't even need the small shovels we brought...everything we found (which was A LOT) was right on the surface. I do believe it had recently rained, so that gave us an advantage. When it was time to leave we all agreed it was on the list to revisit before the weather got to hot.
We brought a folding travel wagon to carry our things into the pit that worked great.
Plenty of parking. A nice hand rail on the walkway into the dig pit. No shade for hot days. No facilities.
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#43 NLM 2015-01-19 17:55
While camping at Lake Mineral Wells State Park, the hubs and I decided to check this out as a possible place to bring the grandkids. We became kids ourselves as we got excited after finding our first fossil. Then we found more and more. Anxious to load those grandkiddos up and let them experience the thrill for themselves.
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#42 Lynn Bernhard 2015-01-04 04:48
Visited site in late June - at midday - HOT You can tell we are not Texans by making that mistake... Had an amazing time. We started finding fossils on the walkway down into the quarry. We brought back a small plastic back of unpicked "dirt" from the site and later washed it. I was astounded at the tiny crinoid discs we found. Also looking with slight magnification opened up a whole new world. I even found a small fossil cast of what a friend at the University of Utah Museum of Natural History described as a cast of a spiny marine creature skin.

Can't wait to get back - will bring water and umbrellas for shade next time. Thanks to the city of Mineral Wells for making this location available to the public.
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#41 Billy Skeen 2014-04-06 16:26
I took my Cub Scouts to the park and the boys found tons of fossils. They call just loved discovering the many different types of fossils. We were lucky to have meet someone who could explain to them what each boy found, that made this the perfect adventure. Thanks Mineral Wells, Pack 377
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#40 Marianne Moore 2014-01-04 22:07
The image 14 is of a rugose coral, I believe.
We visited the fossil site on Dec. 31, 2013. We enjoyed it very much. I plan to get back ASAP. The fossils were beautiful and abundant. We had a great time.
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#39 Reagan 2013-07-27 22:00
Went with my wife a couple of weeks ago. Found lots of crinoids and two partial trilobites. I hope to return again someday.
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#38 Hana 2013-05-04 18:54
we visited Mineral Wells fossil park today with the family and it was a real treat. The fossils are very easy to find and it's a joy for kids of all ages. We left with pocket fulls of fossils, many pictures and great memories. Bring water and snacks as there isn't anything near by. We used small garden tools to help break up top dirt, but fossils were so easy to find, you could just use your hands. Fossils are small though and we didn't find any trilobites or shark teeth, but U-Dig in Utah is great for trilobites if you're up for a road trip.
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#37 Lloyd 2013-04-17 17:55
Found reference to park in Texas Tour Book. Punched address into GPS and ended up at Archary Gun Club with locked gate. Fossil site is apparently further down the road. Sorry we missed it.
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Equipment

Small zip bags or nail aprons are good for small finds and keeping things organized.

Knee pads or patches are recommended for crawling around.

Planning Your Visit

This is a fairly primitive site, so be sure to bring a lot of water with you. During the hot summer months visiting in the early morning and evenings is highly recommended. There is a new shade structure, but it is still a good idea to bring an umbrella with you for shade while digging. The park has primitive restrooms and no running water.

Precautions

Enter and exit collecting area at designated points only. Area has dangerous drop offs, steep slopes and loose soil.

Encounters with dangerous insects/animals are possible.
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940-328-7803

Established with assistance from the
Dallas Paleontological Society
www.dallaspaleo.org

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