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.

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.
***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 (March 3-18) 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 tour not only takes you on the Gosdin Scenic Drive through our park, it also provides you a special privilege to view the animals in our Intensive Management Area (IMA). With this area being off limits to drive-through guests, you will get the special behind-the-scenes look that most people want. This three-hour tour is designed for older children (ages 7 and older) and adults, as the length and delivery style make it unsuitable for young children.

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

Ever wonder what animals do after the sun sets? This tour allows you to spot our animals during their nighttime behavior, as well as learn about nocturnal animals and their adaptations that allow them to function in the dark. Reservations are required at least three days in advance.
When arriving at Fossil Rim, park in the Overlook parking lot and join us in the EcoCenter for a 45-minute program. Then, we will take you on a two-hour tour through the park using spotlights to guide the way.

Times: April 27, 2018; October 26, 2018 and October 27, 2018: 6 - 9 p.m.  / May 25, 2018; June 29, 2018; July 27, 2018; August 24, 2018 and September 21, 2018: 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.

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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, Sweetheart/Sweetest Day Safari, and Murder Mystery 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. 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 keeper 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 can last up to approximately 3.5 hours. ***For your protection, guests must remain in the vehicle.

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

Price: $196 per person

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 gray wolves, cheetahs, red wolves, black rhinos, black-footed cats, coati 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: June 2, 2018 at 3-7 p.m. / Sept. 15, 2018 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.

Photo Tour

Photography Tour

Photography Tours come in two varieties. The first option is a publicly scheduled event with an expert instructor, which is listed on our Calendar and in our monthly newsletter as “Photography Workshop.” The second option is a “Photography Tour,” wherein you are driven around by one of our experienced guides and given the best photographic opportunities available.
The Photography Tour lasts about four hours, 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. Please check our Special Events Calendar for both the Photography Workshop and Photography Tour dates.

Times: March 3, 2018; March 24, 2018; April 14, 2018; April 28, 2018; October 6, 2018; October 20, 2018: 3-7 p.m. / May 5, 2018; May 19, 2018; June 2, 2018; June 16, 2018; July 14, 2018; July 28, 2018; August 11, 2018; August 25, 2018; September 8, 2018; September 22, 2018: 4-8 p.m. 

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.

TimesMother’s – May 12, 2018 at 5:30-9 p.m. / Father’s – June 16, 2018 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. 10, 2018 / Sweetest Day – Oct. 20, 2018

PriceAdults Only – $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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Holiday Around the Rim Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour

Come celebrate Christmas at Fossil Rim! Close out the year with our Holiday Around the Rim Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour. This celebratory tour involves cookies, hot chocolate, appetizers, shopping, exotic animals and then the holiday meal. Meet at the Foothills Safari Camp pavilion at 4 p.m. and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.
Then, board one of our open-air vehicles at 4:30 p.m. and travel through the Gosdin Scenic Drive to the Nature Store for holiday shopping and appetizers. At 5:30 p.m., hop back in the open-air vehicle for a brisk evening safari to the glass-walled pavilion at the Foothills Safari Camp, where you will enjoy holiday dinner, tea, coffee and a homemade dessert.
For guests with food allergies, please contact us at least 72 hours in advance and we can adjust our menu accordingly.

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Price: Adult - $90 per person / Child - $55 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 3-18, 2018).  Reservations required three-plus days in advance.

Times: 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 3-18, 2018).  Reservations required three-plus days in advance. 

PriceAdmission pricing plus a $125 guide fee.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a tour, please call us at 254.897.2960.

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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 3-18, 2018). Reservations must be made three-plus days in advance. 

PriceAdults - $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.