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Devonian Fossil Gorge

Iowa City, IA
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Nature fun

Great place to take the kids. We go ther to drive our rock crawler rc cars and scalers. It... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
shawn k
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Interesting, but you need to "study"

This is an amazing place. But, if you don't spend time studying a bit before you come, you won't... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to take the kids. We go ther to drive our rock crawler rc cars and scalers. It beautiful and free.

Thank shawn k
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This is an amazing place. But, if you don't spend time studying a bit before you come, you won't understand what you're seeing.

Thank iowamom2014
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Fun free activity if you enjoy searching for fossils. It's open until 10 but there are no lights so better to go during the day. This can be a quick stop not too far from the highway if you are in the area.

Thank Mom2_4boys44881
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Good call in information for the gorge via cell phone. Very intersting information in initial visuals in the way into the gorge. Caution - on an Iowa summer day - consider gooing in the morning, the rocks do seem to store and radiate heat.

Thank Kevin N
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The fossils were great! We really enjoyed it. Going back for a second visit today. Highly recommend this spot! There is no charge to go into the gorge. Short walk from the parking area.

Thank DogsandDragons
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The Coralville reservoir is a beautiful area of camping and water recreation. It is well maintained by the US government. There are a variety of camping sites available.

Thank Steven E
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

It's amazing to think that we are looking at fossils that lived millions of years ago. Truly fascinating. They also have a short video in the visitor center to explain how they discovered the fossils.

1  Thank JoanaLola
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

This Devonian era fossil gorge was exposed after the floods in 1993. There's no better place to take young kids to explore the environment and ancient geological history. Kids can explore the fossils, ecosystems & tadpole pools for hours. Nearby There's a retaining wall kids...More

4  Thank alisaMeg
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Needed to be in Iowa City and discovered the Fossil Gorge thru Trip Advisor. The two volunteers in the visitor center were friendly and helpful and took the time to point out and explain items on display. There was also a short video which explained...More

2  Thank jschubert2017
Reviewed 24 June 2017

We were here with the Grandkids Tuesday. It is always interesting to come here, even if you do not take advantage of the visitor center. The rushing water released from the bottom of the dam is always fun to see, especially in the winter when...More

1  Thank davidlI5106MM
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1 July 2016|
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Response from baps6194 | Reviewed this property |
No admission fee!
9 January 2015|
Response from baps6194 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't see this question until now!! if you have not visit yet, I wouldn't recommend it in January because the freezing temps and ice. Very sorry for the delay but truth is I didn't even know people could ask me... More