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Explore a Devonian Fossil Gorge

Iowa City, United States

Experience hosted by Carolyn

60 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 4 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

Up to four people may ride in my new Jeep Renegade for the short drive to the Devonian Fossil Gorge located approximately 4 miles north of Iowa City. During the drive I will explain how the gorge was discovered and give a description of the area's ancient geological past. Each person will receive a map of the gorge highlighting 20 discovery points and fossils along the one hour tour. Be sure to wear comfortable, casual clothes and slip resistant shoes.
Other things to note
The entire gorge is not handicapped accessible, but there are informational areas above the gorge that can be easily navigated. Children should be supervised by an adult while in the gorge area.
Up to four people may ride in my new Jeep Renegade for the short drive to the Devonian Fossil Gorge located approximately 4 miles north of Iowa City. During the drive I will explain how the gorge was discovered and give a description of the area's ancient geological past. Each person will receive a map of the gorge highlighting 20 discovery points and fossils along the one hour tour. Be sure to wear comfortable, casual clothes and slip resistant…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Water

Meet your host, Carolyn

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I'm an adventurous traveller who loves to explore natural wonders. Let me share my passion for geological history with you while we create an outdoor experience you will long remember at the Devonian Fossil Gorge at the Coralville Lake and Dam.
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From $36
/ person
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Where you'll be

The Devonian Fossil Gorge was only recently discovered and offers an amazing glimpse into a 375 million year old seafloor and the fossil remains of the sea life that once inhabited the region when Iowa was south of the equator and covered by a shallow sea. Devonian age fossils are 200 million years older than the dinosaurs. On our tour we'll see a variety of brachiopods, corals and crinoids embedded in the gorge bedrock.
Lisa
August 2018
Carolyn seemed knowledgeable in fossil history and provided some nice background information on the area and history of floods. She offered transportation round trip. It was interesting to learn that Iowa is more than just agriculture and we gained new appreciation for our neighboring state... thanks from the Minneapple :) Lisa and Scott
Carolyn seemed knowledgeable in fossil history and provided some nice background information on the area and history of floods. She offered transportation round trip. It was intere…
Scott
August 2018
Carolyn was able to start earlier to accommodate our scheduling and had waters ready for the journey on finding fossils. She was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile. Highly recommend this experience.
Lisa
August 2018
Carolyn was friendly and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm for the Devonian Fossil Gorge shows as she guides you through the fossil area. She was very responsive to my messages as we arranged an alternative meeting place.

Activity advisory

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Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Casual clothes

Comfortable, slip resistant shoes