The Epic Park In Arizona Where You Can Take Home 300-Million-Year-Old Fossils

Over 300 million years ago, Payson and the surrounding area was completely underwater. Limestone deposits from that era still remain, and in them are millions of fossilized seashells, coral, and aquatic creatures. Known as The Paleo Site, this incredible place is frozen in a time before dinosaurs walked the earth. Admission is completely free – and whatever treasures you find are yours to keep!

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Just in case you miss the sign, you’ll find the parking lot between mile markers 267 and 268 on Highway 260 east of Payson.

Have you ever dug for fossils at the Indian Gardens Paleo Site? Are there any other prehistoric finds in Arizona? These mammoth footprints are pretty awe-inspiring.