Fossil House and campground closed until further notice, park fee waived
BERLIN-ICHTHYOSAUR STATE PARK, Nev.—Heavier than normal snow accumulations have made some of the main attractions at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, such as the Ichthyosaur Fossil House and campground, inaccessible by vehicle.
As a result, the campground will be closed and Fossil House tours will be canceled until conditions improve. The town-site of Berlin is still accessible to vehicles. During this period of partial closure, the entrance fee to the park is being waived.
In addition, the Diana Mine Tours have also been suspended until further notice, pending a thorough assessment of the mine’s safety.
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. Remains of Ichthyosaurs (pronounced “ick-thee-o-sores”), ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm ocean covering central Nevada 225 million years ago, are on display at the park’s Fossil House. These unique official state fossils attract visitors from across the world. A nature trail connects the nearby Fossil House to the campground. Guided tours of the Fossil House and the Diana Mine are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A short distance from the park, visitors can explore the historic towns of Ione and Grantsville. The park is located 23 miles east of Gabbs on State Route 844. The park is open all year, but winter travel may be prohibitive due to snow.