2023 January TD News -- Scouting Berlin
Dean Eppley | Published on 1/8/2023
We did a scouting trip to Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park located approximately 220 miles from Truckee off of Highway 50 and Nevada State Route 361. The park is a twofer - a preserved historic mining ghost town and the home of 225 million year old, 50’ aquatic dinosaurs fossils. It is absolutely spectacular! We arrived via a snow covered graded road accessible by any AWD or 4WD vehicle. We walked the town and mine trail before driving up to the fossil shelter to peer in the windows. The fossil shelter is only open during guided tours which resume in the Spring. Gas isn’t available at the park so we topped off at the historic Middlegate Station which was established in 1859 as an Overland Stage and Freight Company Stop and also served as a Pony Express Changing Station. They have delicious hamburgers and live music. It’s well worth the trip!