Fossil Bone Exhibit Trail is a 0.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Bend National Park, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length0.2 miElevation gain19 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewswild-flowersHistoric siteFeeNo dogs
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Big Bend National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. This is a very interesting semi-outdoor geology and paleontology exhibit. The trail continues to a small overlook that is worth a quick peek. Please respect the areas that are closed for restoration.

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Peter Druschke
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Very interesting semi-outdoor geology and paleontology exhibit. The trail continues to a small overlook that is worth a quick peek. The route ends at a park-posted "Area Closed For Restoration" sign, do not attempt to follow the user-created route further unless you want to gamble with getting a citation.

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David Platt
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interesting outdoor exhibit by the trailhead, but not much to see on the very short trail

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Jake Turner
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Takanori Kajihara
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It is not attractive for the trail. The trail itself even does not have an interesting trait or explanation board. However, the semi-outdoor exhibition is very nice nearby.

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Jessica Vettorel
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Not really a trail, there are stairs that lead up to an overlook. However it has an exhibit that was very educational on the prehistoric life that was in the big bend area. It was interesting and I would recommend if you like learning about the history of a location.

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Trisha Cleveland
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Very short and easy with nice view of Chisos mountains and Chihuahuan desert. You can see layers of sedimentary rock along the trail which is really neat. The exhibit is informative and interesting.

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Renee Stubbins
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An awesome exhibit that is worth the drive. Take the time to read the plagues It's pretty cool to know these fossils were found in Texas.

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Justin O'Dell
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A short trail with a decent view of the Chihuahuan Desert and some interpretive signs about the fossil discoveries that occurred along the way. I won’t make a separate trip to walk the trail, but the Fossil Discovery Exhibit at the start is a wonderful place to learn about the Park’s prehistory. If you go to the exhibit, you can hike the trail while you are there for a bit more perspective.

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Rikki Landry
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dinosaur exhibit was impressive. we were here around sunset. we walked up the little trail, learned that the chisos mountains used to be one large volcano, then watched the sun set behind them.

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Dov Doviak
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There's some interesting fun facts, but otherwise a waste of time considering you're in Big Bend... Seriously, find a legit trail, there are dozens a short drive away...

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David Taylor
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great new addition. amazing geological history adding layers of fun and new understanding to revisited sights.

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Cindy Keller
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The trail is very short, but your kids will like it. The fossil display is great! Very well done.

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Stephen Loewen
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Really well designed building at the fossil exhibit.

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Amanda Nelson
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Exhibit is amazing! Small trail off to the side gives a nice view, but is the same as from the parking lot except taller.

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Troy Hall
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Great new exhibit. Amazing that this part of the country was a seashore with dinosaurs roaming and flying above.

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Steve Eaves
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Nice photo spot, otherwise boring.

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Julie Parks
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Beautiful!

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EMILY WEBER
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Easy. Pretty panorama of the dessert floor.

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Jack Tatsch
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The fossil bone exhibit is just off the Persimmon Gap Entrance Road north of the Panther Junction Visitors Center. The display shows several fossil bones that were found here. This parking area is also the trailhead for an alternate trail to the Banta Shutin, by following Tornillo Creek downstream.

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Michael Demetriou
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Peter Druschke
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Warren Wang
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Scott Jensen
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Shirley Field
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Jei Lee
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Savannah Hamlet
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Nancy Hoyt
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K Bullard
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Becky Adams
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Scott Densmore
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