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Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park

Austin, NV 89310

Berlin, a turn-of-the-century mining town, is preserved in a state of arrested decay. A trail through the town site tells the story of Berlin and its mine. Ichthyosaurs (pronounced “ick-thee-o-sores”) were ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm ocean covering central Nevada 225 million years ago. Remains of these giant marine vertebrates are on display at the park’s Fossil House, and these official state fossils are a primary attraction for visitors from throughout the world. The park is east of Gabbs via State route 844.

PARK ORIGIN AND HISTORY:

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park was first established in 1957 to protect and display North America’s most abundant concentration and largest known ichthyosaur fossils. The park also preserves the turn-of-the-20th century mining town of Berlin, as well as the Diana Mine.

FACILITIES & AMENITIES:

  • Camping
  • RV Dump Station
  • Group Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Visitor Center
  • Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Nature Study
  • Max. RV size: 25′
  • Pets Allowed
  • Tours
  • Fees
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