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Description - Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park protects the most abundant concentration of Ichthyosaur (ancient marine reptiles) fossils. Ichthyosaurs (pronounced ick-thee-o-sores) were ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm ocean which covered central Nevada 225 million years ago. Fossils of these giant animals are on display at the park's Fossil House, and are a primary attraction for visitors from throughout the world. The park also preserves the turn-of-the century mining town of Berlin, as well as the Diana Mine. Berlin, a turn-of-the-century mining town, is preserved in a state of "arrested decay." The Diana Mine is carved out of solid rock and provides a walk through the historical past. The mine remains much as it was when activity ceased.

Attractions - An interpretive trail and seasonal tours tell of the history and features of Berlin and its mines. Visitors to the Diana mine follow the original track laid down for the ore cart. Many historical mining items are encountered on the tour.

Tours of the fossil house are available which give a glimpse of this interesting creature as well as a view of the actual excavation. Visitors can also tour the Diana mine.

A nature trail connects the campground to the Fossil Shelter. Information and viewing windows are available at the Fossils Shelter if you cannot attend a tour program.

Campground: 14 well-spaced units, some suitable for RVs to 25 ft, with fire rings, barbecue grill, covered table, drinking water (mid-April to October), and restrooms nearby. An RV sanitary station is available.

Picnic Area: This is a day-use picnic area with tables, grills, drinking water, and restrooms near the Fossil Shelter.

Group Use: No formal group use area is available. Groups may use picnic area for day or overnight use with advanced reservations. To schedule group tours, please contact the park.

Recreation - Tours of the fossil house are available which give a glimpse of this interesting creature as well as a view of the actual excavation. A walking tour of the old townsite of Berlin can be taken. Visitors can also tour the Diana mine. In addition to visiting the above sites, the park also offers camping, picnicking, hiking and a nature trail.

Climate - Seasonal temperatures vary greatly at the park, from hot summers to cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 90 degrees during the day, with winter daytime temperatures only about 40 degrees.

Location - Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park's elevation is 7,000' feet and is located 23 miles east of Gabbs, via State Route 844. The park is open all year but extreme winter weather may prohibit travel.


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Filed By: Ben Boarman (Santa Rosa, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As you come to the park there are 3 ways to go. One goes to a small town with a few people living it. mostly it abandoned but if you enter any building don't say so in the bar. also to the left there is another town with no people living in it and opened mineshafts. If you go to the park then there are several buildings which are still fernished and you can go through on a tour with a ranger. there are also mineshafts in town too but be sure not to be seen entering then overall I would say it is for the semi adventagous types


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Contact Information:
Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park, HC 61 Box 61200 , Austin, NV, 89310, Phone: 775-964-2440, Fax: 775-964-2012

Additional Information:
Central Nevada - This area spans the center of Nevada, straddling U.S. Hwy. 50. It is often referred to as Pony Express Territory because U.S. Hwy. 50 parallels the historic Pony Express route.
Nevada State Parks - Nevada has 24 state parks. These parks represent the beauty and diversity of Nevada. Sites range from scenic reservoirs, to historic buildings, to parks containing deep canyons.
South-Central Nevada - Often called the "Pioneer Territory", the area contains natural wonders from the Death Valley National Park to the Toiyabe and Monitor mountain ranges. The land is also dotted with the ruins of old mining towns.

Links:
Nevada State Parks - Official Nevada Division of State Parks Website

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