Welcome to Big Bend National Park’s Fossil Discovery Exhibit!

  • WHERE: 8 miles north of Panther Junction on the road to Persimmon Gap (Highway 385).
  • WHEN: Open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • WHAT: The Fossil Discovery Exhibit is an interpretive exhibit that displays Big Bend’s 130 million years of paleontological history from the time of the dinosaurs through the rise of the mammals.


  • There is no drinking water available at the exhibit location so please bring plenty of water when you visit.


  • A single-stall, vault toilet
  • Kid’s area (“The Boneyard”)

          Climbing structures
          Interpretive panels
          Life-size cut-out of Deinosuchus

  • Picnic area

          Two picnic tables
          Covered area


  • The exhibit, picnic area, and parking lot are handicap accessible. 
  • Large print handouts are available at the Panther Junction Visitor's Center.