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What are your hours?

We are open every day at 8:30 a.m., last vehicle in by 4:30 p.m., and last vehicle out by 6:30 p.m.

Is Fossil Rim open everyday?

Fossil Rim is open year-round, rain or shine, everyday EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

How long does it typically take to drive through the park?

It takes approximately two hours. The busier we are that day, the longer it will take. You can get out of your vehicle roughly halfway through at the Overlook to stretch and use the restroom. The paved route has two lanes and you can pull over on the right side whenever you want to stop at watch certain animals for a while.

Will I be able to see all of the animals in the species ID guide?

We cannot guarantee that you will see them all. The animals are free to roam across their pastures as they please. Keep in mind that when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, both the giraffes and rhinos could be put up in their barns for their own protection. The Jim Jackson Intensive Management Area (IMA) is only visited on the Behind-The-Scenes Tour.

Do guests pay by car or by person?

We are still charging per person. That means admission for the 7.2-mile Gosdin Scenic Drive is $24.95 for guests age 12 and up, $19.95 for guests age 3-11, and guests below age three will be free. Note: No Refunds.

How can I purchase an admission ticket?

To gain admission to Fossil Rim, you must purchase tickets in advance online.

Go to fossilrim.org and click the TICKETS button at the top. All guests will need to select the day of their visit and a window of time in which they will arrive. The eight time windows are: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. / 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. / 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. / 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. / 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. / 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

Do you accept cash payments for admission?

No, because you must buy tickets online.

Why am I asked to select my time of arrival?

We are trying to prevent long lines of vehicles and lines at the restrooms, so we are spreading out the visitors over the course of each day.

Are education programs available?

Yes, the Environmental Engagement department has returned with new programs

What is your PPE (mask) policy?

No mask are required at this time.