Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument


Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in Nevada is one of the newest additions to the National Park Service, having been established in 2014 as a national monument. Given its recent addition to the park service, the site is still under developed and there is little in the way of interpretative or visitor services. It is one of four National Park Service Sites in Nevada.

Tule Springs was created as a national monument primarily because of a large number of fossils dating back to the last ice age which can be found on the site. The site is an ancient river bed, so many bones and fossils were washed into the area. A park ranger told me that while digging a hole for an electrical pole, thousands of fossil fragments were found in the single hole that was dug. Because it was a former river bed, the fossils

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