Dig for fossils you can KEEP!

The Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 5th Annual Crazy Fossil Dig on November 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An extension of National Earth Science week, October 11-17, the Crazy Fossil Dig features displays, tools, and guided tours by the Dallas Paleontological Society. You can even keep the fossils you find!

We are very proud to be a part of this national educational event by holding a unique celebration of our own. There will be tons of fun for visitors during the Crazy Fossil Dig! Early attendees will receive a Mineral Wells Fossil Park apron, designed especially for your next paleontological adventure. Special guests from the Dallas Paleontological Society will also be on site to assist with fossil identification.

With free admission to the park, this is hardly an opportunity to pass up! For more information about the Crazy Fossil Dig, as well as directions to the Mineral Wells Fossil Park and a preview of what you might find, visit

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Celebrating Earth Science Week with the CrAzY Fossil Dig, Saturday, November 1, 2014

National Earth Science Week is October 12th-18th. The Mineral Wells National Fossil Day event, the Crazy Fossil Dig, will be held a little later this year, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. Bring the whole family or your favorite, fun-loving group!

The event features:

  • “Tools of the Trade” display of the various tools used by fossil hunters while looking for and extracting fossils.
  • Fossil identification. Bring in your finds and Dallas Paleontology Society volunteers will try to identify the object and provide some information regarding it.
  • Hands-on samples of the various types of fossils that exist in Texas, with supporting materials describing them.
  • Museum-quality objects found and prepared by members of the Dallas Paleontological Society.
  • “FBI” handouts for kids. The Fossil Bureau of Investigation is a sub-division of the Dallas Paleontological Society and will have materials for kids to join in the fun of the science of Paleontology.
  • History Lessons about the Fossil Park
  • Guided walks around the park

COME DIG FOR FOSSILS WITH US! The first 50 attendees will receive a commemorative Mineral Wells Fossil Park apron, design especially for your next outdoor paleontological adventure! For more information, call the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce at (940) 325-2557.


Texas Highways highlights fossil park

Texas Highways covers the fossil park and Mineral Wells in its May 2011 issue. Check it out!

Article about Fossil Park visit

A fossil park visitor writes an article for the NeighborsGo portion of the Dallas Morning News. Thanks, Carolyn!

Dallas Morning News highlights fossil park

The Dallas Morning News this week ran a nice article about the Mineral Wells Fossil Park. Thanks to writer Kristjana Gudmundsson for her persistence and for The Dallas Paleontological Society and City of Mineral Wells for their championing of this project.

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Small zip bags or nail aprons are good for small finds and keeping things organized.

Knee pads or patches are recommended for crawling around.

Planning Your Visit

This is a fairly primitive site, so be sure to bring a lot of water with you. During the hot summer months visiting in the early morning and evenings is highly recommended. There is a new shade structure, but it is still a good idea to bring an umbrella with you for shade while digging. The park has primitive restrooms and no running water.


Enter and exit collecting area at designated points only. Area has dangerous drop offs, steep slopes and loose soil.

Encounters with dangerous insects/animals are possible.

Mineral Wells
Parks and Recreation Department

Established with assistance from the
Dallas Paleontological Society

Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce

For more to do and places to stay in Mineral Wells, contact the Chamber of Commerce - 940-325-2557
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