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Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park

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. Ichthyosaurs (pronounced “ick-thee-o-sores”) were ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm ocean covering central Nevada 225 million years ago. Remains of these giant marine vertebrates are on display at the park’s Fossil House, and these official state fossils are a primary attraction for visitors from throughout the world. The park is east of Gabbs via State route 844.


Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park was first established in 1957 to protect and display North America’s most abundant concentration and largest known ichthyosaur fossils. The park also preserves the turn-of-the-20th century mining town of Berlin, as well as the Diana Mine.


  • Camping
  • RV Dump Station
  • Group Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Visitor Center
  • Trails
  • Historic Sites
  • Nature Study
  • Max. RV size: 25′
  • Pets Allowed
  • Tours
  • Fees


Robert Burke

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Great location. Warm but great breeze in the afternoon. Very cool old mine to tour amd fossils also. Cant beat the campsite rate at $15 in mid-summer. Also lots of water stations and rest rooms that have trash cans.

Stephen Mountford

Monday, July 9, 2018
Great park to visit. Hot though in the Summer. Fall or early Spring best times

Leona Spenger

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Loved it here. Great views. Campground is clean just a wonderful time. The old mine camps neat and dinasors wow.

Raymond Larson

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Love the site. That is one big fossil in the parking lot! Plan for more time, you will find other more recent history too. Staff are great. You might need to be ready for the drive, it's a bit out of the way. This is really nevada, remote, just a bit raw and beautiful. Many other treasures in this area. If you can, Ione and Austin are near by.....sort of. Really enjoyed this place and people.

Katie Corley

Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
All time favorite state park. I love that it not only has an old mining town set up but also some cool fossils and a fossil tour. You also get to do some great hiking.

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