GABBS, Nev.–The heavier than normal snow accumulation has melted, allowing Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park to re-open the park’s main attractions.
The park’s Fossil House is now open for scheduled tours on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The campground is also open and normal park fees will be charged.
The Diana Mine tours are still 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.