Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park contains a town built in the 1890s that is preserved in a state of arrested decay. A true Nevada ghost town, many of Berlin’s original buildings remain and some of its original residents are interred in the town’s cemetery. Trails throughout the town site tell the story of Berlin and its mine. The park is also home to the most abundant concentration, and largest known remains, of Ichthyosaurs, an ancient marine reptile that swam in a warm ocean that covered central Nevada 225 million years ago. The fossils are protected and displayed at the park’s Fossil House.
FACILITIES & AMENITIES
Camping: The park contains 14 well-spaced units, some suitable for RVs up to 25 feet, with fire rings, BBQ grills, covered tables, drinking water (mid-April to October) and restrooms nearby. An RV dump station is also available. Camping is limited to 14 days in a 30-day period.
Group Area: Although no formal group use area is available, groups may use the picnic area for day or overnight use with advanced reservations. Please contact the park to schedule use or group tours.
Picnicking/Day Use: A day use picnic area with tables, grills, drinking water and restrooms is near the Fossil House.
Trails and Markers: An extensive sign system tells of the history and features of Berlin and the nearby mining camp of Union so that visitors can enjoy self-guided exploration. A nature trail connects the campground to the Fossil House. Information and viewing windows are available at the Fossil House if you are unable to attend a scheduled tour.
Berlin Townsite Tour: This is a self-guided tour.
Fossil House Tour: The Fossil House tour is 40 minutes and is available Memorial Day through Labor Day daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with a noon tour added on Saturdays and Sundays. From the third Saturday in March to Memorial Day, and from Labor Day to the second Sunday in November, Saturday and Sunday times are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Diana Mine Tour: The mine tours are available May 1 through September 30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required.
Programs: : Information about program scheduling may be obtained from either park staff or kiosks. Upon request, special presentations can be arranged for groups.
Hours: Open seven days a week, 365 days a year.
- Removing, disturbing or damaging any historic structure, artifact, rock, plant life, fossil or other feature is prohibited. State and federal laws protect this area and its resources.
- Local service information is posted in the park for gas, food and phone. Services are available in the nearby town of Gabbs. No services are available at the nearby town of Ione.
- Pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet in length.
- Please drive only on established roads.
- Fires are permitted only in designated areas or in commercial stoves and fireplaces.
- Please dispose of garbage in the trash cans provided throughout the park for your convenience.
- Visitors are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations in effect. Detailed rules and regulations are posted at the park or may be obtained from any Park Ranger.
- Those with developmental and/or physical limitations are invited to enjoy all of the recreational activities of Nevada State Parks. If you would like to request additional support or accommodations, please call Nevada State Parks at (775) 684-2770. We continually seek ways to provide recreational opportunities for people of all abilities and welcome any suggestions you may have.
- View a list of frequently asked questions.
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park encompasses 1,540 acres. The elevation ranges from 6,840 feet to a high point of 7,880 feet. The hillsides in the park are covered with big sagebrush, while pinyon pine and Utah juniper dominate the upper elevations. Common animal inhabitants include mule deer, black-tailed jackrabbits, cottontails, western bluebirds, pinyon jays, chukar partridge, whiptail lizards, western fence lizards, gophers and snakes. (READ MORE)
HISTORY OF BERLIN-ICHTHYOSAUR STATE PARK – Established in 1957
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park was first established in 1957 to protect and display North America’s most abundant concentration of the largest-known ichthyosaur fossils. The park also preserves the turn-of-the-20th century mining town of Berlin, as well as the Diana Mine. (READ MORE)
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