More than 33 million years ago, a mighty river flowed through western Nebraska. Wind and water deposited sandstone, limestone, and volcanic ash in the area. Over millions of years, the flowing water wore away at these deposits, forming the incredible rock formations that today make up Toadstool Geologic Park near Crawford.
You may very well see fossils on your visit, but please be aware that it is illegal to remove souvenirs from the park. Some of the rock formations are fragile – not to mention dangerous – and visitors are advised to stick to the trail. Be especially careful if you’re visiting in wet or icy conditions.
The entrance fee is $3 per vehicle for day use only, or $5 per vehicle if you plan to camp. There are vault toilets on site, but you’ll need to bring your own water.
To get there from Crawford:
Crawford to intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 2
North on Highway 2 to Toadstool Road – 4.2 miles
Toadstool Road to FS Road #902 – 11.4 miles
FS Road #902 – 1.4 miles to Toadstool Campground
For even more awesome things to do in the Panhandle, check out 15 Reasons Everyone Should Visit Nebraska’s Panhandle.
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