9 Things to Do in Kemmerer That You Shouldn't Miss

September 25, 2017 Diedre Savory

Kemmerer is the largest city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 2,656 at the 2010 census. As the county seat of Lincoln County, Kemmerer is the location of the Lincoln County Courthouse.
Restaurants in Kemmerer

1. Fossil Butte National Monument

Kemmerer, WY 83101 +1 307-877-4455
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Fossil Butte National Monument

Reviewed By Peter K - Hurricane, Utah

We visited FBNM on 9/5/17. The visitor center has a great display of fossils and casts and the ranger program is very good. There is no fee to enter the monument, plenty of parking and a couple of hikes.
We did the nature trail, which was a nice (2 mi +/-) hike, with good views of the area. Be sure and stay on the trail and pay attention to the waist high bushes, we noted 6 large paper wasp nests near the trail and you don't want to walk into one.
There appear to be four (counting the old roads) trails you can hike.
We recommend combining a visit here with a visit to American Fossil where you can actually dig for and collect fossils, we thought it was more fun the FBNM.
Note: You can't dig for or take fossils from FBNM

2. Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries

Farm Field Rd, Kemmerer, WY 83101 +1 307-883-2445
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5 based on 73 reviews

Fossil Safari at Warfield Fossil Quarries

Reviewed By traveling_smiles - Longmont, Colorado

We arrived in some bad weather and were met with snowflakes coming sideways at us in the strong winds but the manager braved the weather with us to help us get started, help us find a slightly sheltered place to dig, and help us identify and pick out the best of our finds to take home. Our hour went by really quickly - it was shortened by a few trips to the car to warm up - but I don't think an hour is enough time and we'll likely go back someday. I can see how for most guests this place is hot and dusty, we were just there on an odd weather day. It would be nice if they had a way to help you clean up your fossils like they do on the trilobite dig in Utah. It's an excellent experience - you find so many fossils and with every rock you pull out you wonder if the big find will be in that one, or the next one, or the next one...

3. American Fossil

Farm Field Rd, Quarry on the South, Kemmerer, WY 83101 +1 801-836-7269
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5 based on 33 reviews

American Fossil

American fossil is giving you the opportunity of a lifetime. We have the only quarry in the world where you have the opportunity to keep every fossil you find. We have recently acquired the South Dempsey Quarry, in the Green River Formation and want to make it the most exciting destination in the world for families and everyone who loves fossils or the outdoors.

Reviewed By Peter K - Hurricane, Utah

We went to American Fossil's quarry on 9/6/17. We spent two hours splitting rock and another two hours getting it cut and packed. We came back with over 30 fossils, including 10 small fish. It was a blast.
American Fossil, generally,lets you keep all the fossil's you find (check their website for what happens it the fossils raw value is over $100,000)
AF provides you with hammers, chisels and instructions on how to find fossil's. They put out fresh rock regularly. They are very helpful while you split.
They take cash or credit cards at the quarry and offer 1, 2 4 or 8 hour digging options. Prices are on their website.
Be sure and bring food, water and sunscreen, expect a portapotty, there is little or no cell service in the quarry, you will get dusty and dirty doing this, follow their directions to the quarry (both GPS and google maps will send you the wrong way).
The road to the quarry is a good gravel road and can be done in a passenger car (an SUV is better) and if you follow the websites directions and the signs on the road you'll have no problem finding them,
We thought this was one on the most fun things we have done in a while.

4400 Fossil Butte County Road 300, Kemmerer, WY 83101 +1 307-877-6466
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Ulrich's Fossil Gallery

Reviewed By seastef - Seattle, Washington

Someone at the visitor center at the national monument recommended that we stop here. We were skeptical as often we find stops at places near natural resource national monuments/parks end up sort of disturbing (like around Petrified Forest... bleh!)
Wow are we glad we followed the advice to stop at Ulrich's! The owners were so kind and so knowlegable and obviously care a great deal about these wonderful fossils. They also seemed to love the enthusiasm of kids (lots of galleries of this quality would have been panicked when a 6 year old arrived. Instead, we got shown around and all his hundreds of questions answered). Getting to find our own fossils was fantastic. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

5. JCPenney Kemmerer (Mother) Store

722 J C Penney Dr, Kemmerer, WY 83101-2936 +1 307-877-3164
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4 based on 51 reviews

JCPenney Kemmerer (Mother) Store

Reviewed By CMN14 - Boise, Idaho

We happened to be driving by Kemmerer, WY on US 30, so went about 5 miles out of our way to see the "Mother" store. It's really nothing to get excited about --basically a small JC Penney store with a few historical exhibits. It's certainly not worth going out of your way for.

6. Pisces Prehistoric

Kemmerer, WY +1 801-573-6971
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5 based on 10 reviews

Pisces Prehistoric

Reviewed By bobncamille - Orlando, Florida

U Find It U Keep It! This dig site is awesome. The quarry is only 12 miles outside the town of Kemmerer. You’ll find driving directions on their website that are easy to follow and the signage to the quarry is good. The road is packed dirt, gravel and can have some ruts in it but any two wheel drive car will be fine if you take it slow. The dig site is open from 9-5 and no reservations are needed. Terry who lives at the quarry will greet you anytime you get there and set you up with a bucket, hammer, chisel and show you how to find your amazing fossils. Terry was very friendly, knowledgeable and even showed us some tricks on exposing the fossils. It will cost you $30 and hour or $150 for the day and it is worth it. Once you find your first fossil you won’t want to stop, it’s like a treasure hunt. So much fun! You can even get your fossils trimmed down into manageable pieces so you can wrap them up for the ride home. We brought old newspapers and a bucket to keep our treasure safe. Make sure you bring some water and good sun protection as there is no shade around, there is a port-o-let and that’s all you need because you’ll be too busy splitting rock for anything else. This is the only quarry that lets you keep fossils other than the 12 common fish fossils found in the area.

7. Fossil Country Frontier Museum

418 Pine Ave, Kemmerer, WY 83101-3053
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3.5 based on 8 reviews

Fossil Country Frontier Museum

A museum strictly for the fossil-enthusiasts of the world.

Reviewed By JKD - Scotts Valley CA

Housed in the former school, the museum is an interesting mishmash of local and personal history like artifacts from the Sawaya shoe store which recently closed after over a century in business, the clothing someone was wearing when struck by lightning, a coal mining diorama, etc. Not a concise historical narrative, but interesting elements of the town. We found it interesting that the volunteer was born and raised in Kemmerer (we’re from California, so everyone we know is from somewhere else!)

If you have the time, stop by. Nice experience.

8. Ham's Fork River

Kemmerer, WY
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5 based on 1 reviews

Remote river popular among fishermen.

Reviewed By McLovin_It_in_Ohio - Jackson Township, Ohio (Canton/Massillon)

I highly recommend their mushroom swiss burger. The staff is super friendly and they have a nice bar with a big tv there too. I think its some kind of RV park too that you can stay there to camp if you like.

9. Victory Theater

720 J C Penney Dr, Kemmerer, WY 83101-2936 +1 307-877-6684
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3 based on 1 reviews

Victory Theater

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We were in Kemmerer Wyoming. The Victory Theater shows movies on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday . It is a single theater movie house and when we were there they were showing Angry Birds.

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