Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park was first established in 1957 to protect and display North America's most abundant concentration and largest known Ichthyosaur fossils at the time. The park also preserves the turn-of-the-20th century mining town of Berlin as well as the Diana Mine. The Ichthyosaur fossil area is a Registered Natural Landmark and the historic townsite is on the National Register of Historic Places. These national designations speak to the unique value of the resources preserved here.
Camping: 14 well-spaced units, some suitable for RVs to 25 ft, with fire ring, BBQ grill, covered table, drinking water (mid-April to October), and restrooms nearby. RV sanitary station is available.
Picnicking: Day-use picnic area with tables, grills, drinking water, and restrooms near Fossil Shelter.
Group Use: No formal group use area is available. Groups may use picnic area for day or overnight use with advanced reservations. To schedule group tours, please contact the park at the address or phone number shown.
Services: Local service information is posted in the park. Main services are provided in Gabbs, NV. No services are available at the town of Ione.
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Spent a Saturday night here in late April. Only three sites taken in the campground. The vault toilets were clean and did not smell at all. The ranger was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the fossil sites as well as the ghost town. We were the only ones touring the ghost town, and he gave us a private tour inside some of the buildings.
This remote park was both beautiful and fascinating. Highly recommended! Plenty to do hear - check out the old mining town - the dinosaur fossils - hike on well maintained trails, or go 4x4 on local roads.