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Forum newbie here! I will be traveling to western Montana/Yellowstone area later this month and am looking for some fossil hot spots. Does any one know of any easy to access areas around the Billings or Bozeman areas, or in areas along the route between the two cities? OR are there places to find fossils in or around Yellowstone? The more specific the location info (i.e. a location in a state park, GPS coordinates, etc.), the better. Please and thank you!! P.S. I will also be traveling from Bozeman to Banff via highway 15, so if anyone knows of any spots located not far from that highway, that would also be great!
Greetings all! Im a newish member to your site and am grateful to have such an amazing resource available for up and coming enthusiasts like myself. This summer,my family has planned a trip to yellowstone and the black hills. My kid sister is an avid fossil nut like myself and we are eager to get down in the dirt. Since we've never been out west before, i was hoping to get some pointers on destinations we should consider.... I'd like to keep as close to the interstate 90 and interstate 80 corridors as possible, so as not to further inconvenience the rest of my family. Cramming everyone into one car will provide enough frayed nerves as it is, and i'd like to keep the stress to a minimum - any suggestions on things near fossil sites that i could send my siblings to would be excellent, every diversion will help! Also, i've read a few pages that suggest acquiring a fossiling permit? Is this legit? Most pages have informed me that vertebrates are off limits but i can dig around on any roadside for invertebrates to my hearts content. Im from Pennsylvania and our state has spoiled us for fossiling, as far as not requiring permits... I've heard that fossil quarries are a great place to go, if pricey - and im considering going to one of those - any suggestions on which? My sister really wants a fish fossil and the results seem to be good at the pay quarries, i was just wondering what the likelihood of hitting pay dirt is... oh, and has anyone been to cycad national park/monument (not sure which one it is, a park or a monument) ? Is it worth the stop? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Cheers!