A Great Grand Opening

Thank YouThank you to everyone who attended the fossil park opening on Saturday, and to those who helped make it happen including Donnie Hoover, Mayor Mike Allen, Lance Howerton, Ninfa Holly & Marcelinda Williams, the Chamber Ambassadors & Tourism Committee, the Dallas Paleontological Society, Famous Mineral Water Co., Smith Audio Consulting, Teresa Gilbreath and the Girls Scouts, and PawPaw's Potties. Between 300 and 400 were present, including tons of children and out-of-towners. It was the biggest ribbon cutting the Chamber's had in years and years--if not ever. Thank you also to the Star-Telegram for Saturday's story!


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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