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You Can Escape The City & Collect Real Fossils At This Spot Near Las Vegas

No T-Rex's are here but plenty of fossils to choose from.

Getting out into nature is something we indulge in every chance we get, so we adore finding new and different experiences to try. Nevada Oak Springs Trilobite Site lets you find and keep real fossils while you explore. You can keep a piece of history after visiting the gorgeous landscape in this area.

Oak Springs Trilobite outside of Caliente, Nevada is only a two-hour drive from Las Vegas. This incredible area houses fossils from over 500 million years ago.

The trail is not as well known, so it is a great place for a solo wander or to enjoy time with your pet on a quiet day out in nature.

You can wander the tranquil marked pathways that will lead you to an area of shale deposits. Once at the right spot, you can dig up and keep your very own trilobite fossils.

Bring a shovel from home to help you dig up the remnants of these 500-year-old creatures. The trail is rated as easy to moderate, so it's perfect for any level of experience.

The fossils are incredible and the quiet surrounding area is perfect for a break from city life.

Oak Springs used to be covered in water, which is why these fossils are now found in the area. You can see history at your feet while you traverse this amazing summit.

While there are no offices or gift shops around the area, you can still bring snacks and drinks to cool off after fossil hunting.

Entry to the park is free and it is easy to find the trail if you follow signage around the front.

Load up a shovel, some food, water, and get ready for a day of exploring, and fossil hunting at this hidden Nevada treasure.

There is nothing like getting to see history in nature and taking a piece of it home with you.

Oak Springs Trilobite Site

Price: Free

Address: US-93, Caliente, NV

Why You Need To Go: This secret spot lets you dig up and keep 500-year-old fossils!

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