Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park


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Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is located 23 miles east of Gabbs. The park is open all year but could be hard to access during winter. The park is located at 7,000 feet on the western slope of central Nevada's Shoshone mountain range and summer's temperature surprising rarely exceed 90 F. The best to visit is late spring and early fall.

The park was established in 1957 to protect the Ichthyosaur fossils in the area, now a Registered Natural Landmark. In addition the park is the site of the abandoned mining town of Berlin also on the National Register of Historic Places.

One of the major attraction in the park is the ghost town of Berlin where visitors would be able to see what was the life like for the miners 100 years ago through the remaining building structures of 30-stamp mill, assay office, barn and corrals, union hall, store and post office, infirmary, stage station and homes.

Another major attraction of the park is to see the fossils of Ichthyosaurs, a prehistoric marine reptile that could be as large as 70 feet long. There were about 40 Ichthyosaurs discovered in the park and visitors today could see the fossils at the fossil house.

Lastly visit the 1200 lateral tunnel of Diana Mine which connects the surface to the fourth level of the Berlin Mine. Visitors could enter the mine and follow the ore cart track and see ore cart, side tunnels, a stope and ore chute, a winze, timbering and actual gold bearing quartz veins

Minimum Time Needed

Half Day


Berlin Townsite Tour: Self-Guided

Fossil Shelter Tour: 40 minutes: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a noon tour added on Sat.- Sun. From the third Saturday in March to Memorial Day and Labor Day to the second Sunday in November: Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Diana Mine Tour: Tours will be from May 1- September 30, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Times for tours are 11:00am and 1:00pm. Reservations are required.

Admission Fee

$7 per vehicle


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