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Austin - 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


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.

Dmitry Y.

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Oh yeah, I loved this place! Camped there few month ago for one night. Beware: Have a Verizon if you go there. No T-mobile coverage at all, not sure about AT&T Beware #2: Road to campground is dirt and quite bumpy. I don't recommend going there at night. Enjoy: Amazing ghost town, quiet and peaceful.

David H Steinbrugge

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Lots of interesting historic structures. The dinosaur fossil house is very cool in the staff are very knowledgeable. The fossil house tour and presentation by the state park staff was awesome!

john briggum

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
We had an excellent time. Ghost towns are so fun to visit, seeing all the old antiques around. I highly recommend this park.

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