Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Berlin-Ichthyosaur adventure.
This remote Nevada park offers a mining ghost town and a large concentration of ichthyosaur fossils.
Set on the slopes of the Shoshone Mountains in central Nevada, Berlin-Ichthyosaur is one of the most remote state parks in Nevada. It’s home to two main but separate attractions: the remains of the Berlin mining town, preserved in a state of arrested decay, which visitors can explore on a self-guided tour; and a large concentration of, and some of the largest known, fossilized remains of ichthyosaurs, dating from 225 million years ago, which can explored on a seasonally available guided tour. Several hiking trails, a picnic area, and one campground are also available.
The Berlin-Ichthyosaur Campground offers 14 sites, along with picnic tables, fire rings, BBQ grills, and restrooms.
The park is open year-round, with summer being the peak time for visits. The campground is open year-round, though water is only available seasonally, usually from mid April to the end of October. Tours of the Fossil House are also available seasonally, on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and 2pm, and last around 30 to 40 minutes. Winters are cold and snow can restrict road and other access. Late spring and early fall offer the best weather.