National Park Service Fossils and Caves

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Discover the 52-million-year-old fossils of Fossil Butte National Monument and the stunning, quiet caves of Timpanogos Cave National Monument.

Fossil Butte National Monument, in southwest Wyoming, is known for the well-preserved fossils found in Fossil Butte and the surrounding ridges. Fossil fishes, crocodilians, turtles, birds, mammals, insects, and plants tell the story of life in and around an Eocene freshwater lake. Visit Fossil Butte's website for more information about the park.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. There are three tour caves connected by two manmade tunnels. The caves feature beautifully decorated rooms with both delicate twisting formations as well as formations that tower over visitors. Learn the science behind formations and hear stories of cave exploration and preservation. Experience and discover as you go – geologic mysteries await! Visit Timpanogos Cave's website for more information about the park.


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A Trip to Eocene Fossil Lake: a Virtual Tour of Fossil Butte's Visitor Center

Travel 52-million years into the past to discover the plants and animals that called Eocene Fossil Lake home. View fossilized remains of fishes, crocodilians, turtles, bats, dog-sized horses, birds, mammals, palms, insects, crayfish, and more.


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John Collins
PO Box 592
Kemmerer WY 83101
United States

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Language Arts/English
Social Studies/History