GUIDED AND GROUP TOURS

Guided tours should be booked at least 3 days in advance, preferably 4-6 days in advance. Shorter-notice bookings may not be available. For information, availability and/or to make reservations please call (254) 897-2960.

FAMILY-ORIENTED TOURS

Join us on a guided tour that focuses on the family

Let us take you on a leisurely guided tour along the Gosdin Scenic Drive, as you meet some of your favorite animals. Thrill at the sight of the giraffe’s long neck bending over you. Squeal with excitement as our ostriches investigate you. Enliven your morning, afternoon or evening while being introduced to our kudu, cheetah, addax and other exotic residents.

On the Behind-the-Scenes and Ride-the-Rim tours, you can journey to parts of the park not visited on the Gosdin Scenic Drive. Enjoy the opportunity to discover our onsite research and to examine what you can do to make a difference in our world. These tours provide a truly educational experience you won’t soon forget.

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Safari Tour

Recommended for all ages, this tour takes you on our Gosdin Scenic Drive. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know most of our animals and the stories surrounding both them and Fossil Rim. This tour lasts around two hours depending on weather, traffic in the park and if the animals decide they are especially hungry that day. Children 2 and under are free. For guests with special needs, please call (254) 897-2960 to schedule an ADA-accessible vehicle.

Times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. on Monday - Friday. On Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, all of those times will be available, plus 3 p.m. during Holidays and on some Weekends.

Price: $39.95 per person

(Make your tour private by paying an extra $100, this will secure that you are the only ones on the tour vehicle, 8-person minimum).

If you have questions, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

Crack O'Dawn Tour

Recommended for all ages, this tour takes you on our Gosdin Scenic Drive. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know most of our animals and the stories surrounding both them and Fossil Rim. This tour lasts around two hours depending on weather, traffic in the park and if the animals decide they are especially hungry that day. Guests are encouraged to check in for the tour at 7:30 a.m. It starts at 8 a.m. sharp and the tour vehicle won’t be able to wait for late arrivals. Children 2 and under are free.
***The difference between the Crack O’Dawn Tour and Safari Tour is the lower cost and earlier start of the Crack O’Dawn version.

Times: 8 a.m. daily throughout Spring Break and then weekends only from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Price: $30.95 per person

If you have questions, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour

This three-hour tour takes you through the Gosdin Scenic Drive and into the Intensive Management Area (IMA). In the IMA, you will see animals not visible to our drive-through guests, such as the wolves and black rhinoceros. Due to the nature of this tour and the areas visited, it is restricted to ages 7 and older and close-toed shoes are required.

Times:  9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily during September–May / 9 a.m. daily during June–August

Price: $53.95 per person

(Make your tour private by paying an extra $100, this will secure that you are the only ones on the tour vehicle, 8-person minimum).

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

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Discovery After Dark Program and Tour

Come enjoy the evening beauty of Fossil Rim. Watch the stars and listen to the nighttime sounds, as we venture out into the park at dark. We'll start with an interactive learning experience where you can discover nocturnal animal adaptations. Then, using spotlights, we'll go on a guided sunset tour focused on the nightlife of Fossil Rim. We'll see Fossil Rim's exotic animals and some native Texas species. We may see some animals that don't usually come right up to vehicles during daytime Safari Tours! Afterwards, we'll adventure on foot by taking a hike after dark. Participants will meet at the EcoCenter, located at Fossil Rim's Overlook area. This activity, which will last approximately three hours, costs $35 per person and is limited to 16 participants. 

Times: October 18, 2019: 6 - 9 p.m. / October 26, 2019: 7 - 10 p.m.

Price: $35 per person

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

Ride the Rim

Ride-the-Rim Tour

Our guided Ride-the-Rim Tour offers an opportunity for you to ride your mountain bike as you journey through a special restricted area of the park that houses several of our endangered species. Ride-the-Rim Tours are offered in Family, Moonlight, Beginner and Experienced ride formats.

Times: For scheduling, please email info@fossilrim.org and request potential date options. 

Price: $35 per person

 

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

Specialty Tours

See Fossil Rim from a different perspective.

Our Specialty Tours come in two varieties – tours you can reserve any time with advanced registration (Adventure and Feed Run), as well as event or dinner tours appearing on our Special Events Calendar (Photography, Mother’s/Father’s Day Sunset Safari, and Sweetheart/Sweetest Day Safari). While some of these tours may be enjoyed by families, some are for adults only or have age restrictions.

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Adventure Tour

Spend a leisurely day on your own private tour to see all aspects of Fossil Rim. This tour gives you the opportunity to meet our animal care specialists, enjoy a luxurious lunch at our Safari Camp and see the “behind-the-scenes” areas of Fossil Rim. You can choose to focus the tour on specific animal species - ask about the species of your choice in advance. This is the only tour option to potentially visit Przewalski's horses, Grevy's zebras, dama gazelle, cranes, and adult Attwater's prairie chickens. Due to the length of activities, this tour is recommended for adults only with a limit of 10 people per tour. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance. For more than four people per tour, or if attempting to schedule tour with less than two weeks of notice, please call us to discuss.

Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (flexible hours possible)

Price: $325 per person

 

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

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Feed Run Tour

This tour provides you the opportunity to be an animal care specialist for a morning. You’ll be able to ride along with our animal care experts as they do their morning feeding rounds. With a limit of two people per tour, it is recommended for adults only. The tour lasts approximately two hours. ***For your protection, guests must remain in the vehicle.

Times: Year-round, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Price: $100 per person (1 or 2 people)

 

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

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Animal Care Specialist Tour and Dinner

Join us for this exclusive tour and dinner. Ride along with our expert animal care specialist on this behind-the-scenes tour. The excursion will take you through Fossil Rim where you’ll have a chance to view our exotic animals in their free-roaming environment. You’ll go into our Intensive Management Area (IMA) and visit our maned wolves, Mexican wolves, cheetahs, red wolves, black rhinos, black-footed cats, and Attwater’s prairie chickens. After your tour, you’ll head to our Foothills Safari Camp to enjoy a multi-course dinner, dessert and complimentary glass of wine in our glass-walled pavilion that overlooks a scenic watering hole in our Main Pasture. The tour, which has a limit of 12 guests, will begin at 3 p.m. and dinner will follow at 5:30 p.m. $150 per person, for adults only. For reservations, call (254) 897-2960.
For guests with food allergies, please contact us at least 72 hours in advance and we can adjust our menu accordingly.

Times: Sept. 21, 2019 at 3-7 p.m.

Price: $150 per person

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

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Photography Tour

During a Photography Tour, you are driven around by one of our experienced guides and given the best photographic opportunities available.
The Photography Tour lasts about four hours, visits the Intensive Management Area, and is recommended for ages 16 and older. This tour is designed for photographers to catch the dusk light, which is the best light possible for afternoon photos.

Times:  TBA in 2020

Price: $65 per person

(Make your tour private by paying an extra $100, this will secure that you are the only ones on the tour vehicle, 8-person minimum).

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

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Mother’s/Father’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour

Show your parent how much they mean to you by spending an evening at Fossil Rim. We will start the event at the Foothills Safari Camp inside the glass-walled pavilion overlooking a scenic watering hole in our Main Pasture. Your guest of honor will enjoy a three-course dinner including beverages. Dinner will also include a complimentary glass of wine. After dinner, your parent and their guests will experience a sunset guided tour of Fossil Rim with nobody else in the park. A gift for your special guest is included. $95 per adult and $55 per child (age 7 and under). Maximum of 24 guests for this event. For reservations, call (254) 897-2960.
For guests with food allergies, please contact us at least 72 hours in advance and we can adjust our menu accordingly.

Times: Mother’s – May 9, 2020 at 5:30-9 p.m. / Father’s – June 20, 2020 at 5:30-9 p.m.

Price: Adult - $95 per person / Child (age 7 and under) - $55 per person.

 

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

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Sweetheart/Sweetest Day Safari Dinner and Tour

Impress your sweetheart with a romantic dinner and evening wildlife tour. You and your sweetheart arrive at the Foothills Safari Camp at 4 p.m. for a complimentary glass of wine or champagne. You will depart on your sunset safari tour at 4:30 p.m. in one of our open-air vehicles. After the tour, you will return to camp and head into our glass-walled pavilion for a candlelight dinner including tea, coffee and dessert. The pavilion overlooks one of the primary watering holes in our Main Pasture. A gift is included for your special guest. $95 per person. Maximum of 12 guests for this event. For reservations, call (254) 897-2960.
For guests with food allergies, please contact us at least 72 hours in advance and we can adjust our menu accordingly.

Times: Sweetheart - Feb. 8, 2020 & Feb. 15, 2020: 4 - 8 p.m. / Sweetest Day – Oct. 19, 2019: 4 - 8 p.m.

Price: Adults Only – $95 per person.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

Large Group Tours

The more, the merrier.

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Group Tour

These tours - available on weekdays only - are designed for school, youth and senior special groups. We will put the group on one or more of our tour vehicles and provide a guided tour through our Gosdin Scenic Drive. Guests can ask all the questions they like to make sure they don’t miss a thing. Groups must have between 10-104 people. For more than 28 guests, please call us to check availability. For school groups, one teacher/chaperone will be admitted free for every 12 children. Parents in attendance pay full admission price. These tours are not available during Spring Break (March 9-24, 2019).  Reservations required three-plus days in advance.

Times: Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. 

Price: $28.95 per person.

 

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

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Private Step-On Tour

Do you have a group of people, plus your own bus and driver? On weekdays only, we can provide a tour guide who will hop onto your group’s vehicle and present all the information you seek about Fossil Rim and its animals. This tour will take you on our Gosdin Scenic Drive and lasts about 2-3 hours depending on traffic and time spent at the halfway point. Food for the animals is not included in the price. Not available during Spring Break (March 9-24, 2019).  Reservations required three-plus days in advance. 

Price: Weekday admission pricing plus a $125 guide fee.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

Fossil Rim

Self-Guided Group Tour

This tour is for groups using their own transportation that do not need a step-on guide, and it can only be done on weekdays. The group must have between 10-104 people, and for school groups there will be one teacher/chaperone admitted free for every 12 children. Food for the animals is not included in the price. Not available during Spring Break (March 9-24, 2019). Reservations must be made three-plus days in advance. 

Price: Adults - $12.50 per person / Children (age 3-11) - $8 per person

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at (254) 897-2960.

General Tour Information

  • You need to be prepared. Be sure to dress for the weather. You may bring hats, sunscreen, and water.
  • Please do not bring pets, additional guests without prior reservation, weapons, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, illegal drugs, radios, fireworks, or food. Only animal food provided by Fossil Rim is allowed on tour vehicles.
  • There are no restrooms on our tour vehicles. Restrooms are located at the Front Gate and Overlook.
  • Guests meet at the Overlook and will need to be there 15 minutes prior to tour time so that bathroom breaks and payments (if necessary) can be finished before tour time.
  • Tours include only the Gosdin Scenic Drive areas unless indicated otherwise.

Booking Information

  • For information, availability or to make reservations, please call (254) 897-2960.
  • Guided tours should be booked at least three days in advance, and preferably 4-6 days in advance. Shorter-notice bookings may not be available.
  • Guests must cancel at least 48 hours in advance to avoid penalty.
  • Payment is due at time of booking, unless special arrangements are made. For example, an exception may be made when schools, churches, or other entities are booking tours using an organizational check or card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and debit cards.
  • Inclement-weather policy: all tours will proceed as scheduled. Should Fossil Rim Wildlife Center need to cancel for safety or other reasons, a full refund will be given.
  • Cost of tour includes drive-through admission to the park.