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GUIDED TOURS

NOTE: Guided tours should be booked at least 3 days in advance, preferably 4-6 days in advance. Shorter notice bookings may not be available. For information, availability and/or to make reservations please call 254.897.2960.

Family Oriented Tours

Join Us on a Guided Tour That Focuses on the Family
Let us take you on a leisurely guided tour along the Scenic Wildlife Drive, as you meet some of your favorite animals. Thrill to the giraffe’s long neck bending over you. Squeal with excitement as our ostriches investigate you. Enliven your morning, afternoon, or evening while being introduced to our kudu, cheetah, addax, and other exotic residents. On the Behind-the-Scenes and Ride-the-Rim tours, you can journey to parts of the park not visited on the Scenic Drive. Enjoy the opportunity to discover our onsite research and to examine what you can do to make a difference in our world. These tours provide a truly educational experience you won’t soon forget.

Family Tour
Times: 10:00am (10:30am during the first week of Spring Break) and
             2:00pm daily, September–January,
             10:00am daily, June–August

Recommended for all ages, this tour takes you on our Scenic Wildlife Drive. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know most of our animals and the stories surrounding them and Fossil Rim. This tour lasts around 2 hours depending on weather, traffic in the park, and if the animals decide they are especially hungry that day.

Price: $39.95 per person.
(Make your tour private by paying an extra $100, this will secure that you are the only ones on the tour vehicle, 8 person minimum).


Crack O’Dawn Family Tour
Time: 8:00am.
Dates: Daily during the first week of Spring Break, then weekends
             only from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Recommended for all ages, this tour takes you on our Scenic Wildlife Drive. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know most of our animals and the stories surrounding them and Fossil Rim. This tour lasts around 2 hours depending on weather, traffic in the park, and if the animals decide they are especially hungry that day.

Price: $30.95 per person.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Times: 10:00am and 2:00pm daily, September–January
             8:30am and 10:30am daily, June–August

Behind-th-Scenes TourThis tour not only takes you on our Scenic Wildlife Drive through our park, but also provides you a special privilege to explore the animals in our Intensive Management Area. With this area being off-limits to drive-through guests, you will get the special behind-the-scenes look that most people crave. This tour is designed for older children (ages 7 and up) and adults, as the length and delivery style make it unsuitable for young children. This tour lasts about 3 hours.

Price: $53.95 per person.
(Make your tour private by paying an extra $100, this will secure that you are the only ones on the tour vehicle, 8 person minimum).


Discovery after Dark Program and Tour
Dates: Please see our Calendar page.

Discovey After DarkEver wonder what animals do after the sun sets? This tour allows you to spot our animals in their night time behavior, as well as learn about nocturnal animals and their adaptations that allow them to function in the dark. Reservations are required at least three days in advance. When arriving at Fossil Rim, park at the Overlook parking lot, and join us in the Eco Center for a 45 minute program, after which we will take you on a 2 hour tour through the park – using spotlights to guide the way.

Price: $35 per person.


Ride-the-Rim
Dates: Please see our Calendar page.

Ride-the-RimOur guided Ride the Rim event tour offers an opportunity for you to ride your mountain bike as you journey through a special restricted area of the park, which houses several of our endangered species. Ride the Rim tours are offered in Family, Moonlight, Beginner’s, and Experienced ride formats.

Price: $35 per person.

Specialty Tours

Tours, some with a meal on the side
Our Specialty Tours come in two varieties; tours that you can reserve any time with advanced registration (Adventure and Feed Run) and event or dinner tours that are scheduled on our Calendar page (Photography, Mother’s/Father’s Day Sunset Safari, Sweetest Day/Sweetheart Safari, Holiday Around the Rim Sunset Safari and Murder Mystery Safari). While some of these tours may be enjoyed by families, some are adult only or have age restrictions.

Adventure Tour
Times: 9:00am-3:00pm (Flexible hours may be arranged.)

AdventureSpend a leisurely day on your own private tour, seeing all aspects of Fossil Rim. This tour gives you the opportunity to meet our animal care specialists, enjoy a luxurious lunch at our Safari Camp, and see the “behind-the-scenes” areas of Fossil Rim. Due to the length of activities, this tour is recommended for adults only – with a limit of 10 people per tour. Reservations are required at least five days in advance.

Price: $325 per person.


Feed Run Tour
Times: Year-round, Saturday and Sunday – 8:30am.

Feed RunThis tour provides you with an opportunity to be an Animal Keeper for a morning. You’ll receive the privilege of riding along with our animal care experts as they do their morning feeding rounds*. With a limit of two people per tour, it is recommended for adults only. The tour can last up to approximately 3½ hours. *For your protection, guests must remain in the vehicle.

Price: $196 per person.


Photography Tour
Times: March, April, September and October: 3:00pm–7:00pm
May–August: 4:00pm–8:00pm.

PhotographyPhotography tours come in two varieties: Publicly scheduled events with expert instructors, which are listed on our web site (Please see our Calendar), and in our monthly newsletter, as “Photography Workshop”; as well as Photography Tours where you are driven around by one of our experienced guides, and given the best photographic opportunities available. The “Photography Tour” lasts about 4 hours, and is recommended for ages 16 and up. This tour is designed for photographers to catch the dusk light, which is the best light possible for afternoon photos. Please look at the calendar for both the Photography Workshop, as well as the Photography Tour, dates.

Price: $65 per person.
(Photography Tours can be made private by paying an extra $100, this will secure that you are the only ones on the tour vehicle, 8 person minimum).


Animal Keeper Tour and Dinner
Date(s): Please see our Calendar page.

Animal KeeperJoin us for this exclusive Animal Keeper dinner and tour! Ride along with our Animal Keeper on this behind-the-scenes tour where you’ll have a chance to view our exotic animals in their free roaming environment. Journey into our Intensive Management Area and visit our maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, cheetahs, red wolves, black rhinos, and Attwater’s prairie chickens. After your tour you’ll have a 3 course dinner in our glass-walled pavilion, located across from one of our main watering holes. Adults only. Tour starts at Safari camp at 3:00pm – Dinner at 5:30pm.

Price: $150 per person.


Mother’s/Father’s Day Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour
Date(s): Please see our Calendar page.

Show Mom or Dad how much she/he means to you, by spending the evening at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. We will start the evening with a delicious dinner – including tea, coffee, and a homemade dessert – in the glass-walled pavilion located at the Foothills Safari Camp, overlooking a watering hole in our main pasture. After dinner, you will board one of our open-air vehicles to experience a sunset tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. A special gift for mom/dad is also included.

Prices: Adult – $90 per person • Child – $55 per person.


Sweetest Day/Sweetheart Safari Dinner and Tour
Date(s): Please see our Calendar page.

SweetheartSweet on someone? Come and impress them with a three-course meal, live music, and an evening tour. You and your sweetheart will depart the Foothills Safari Camp at 6:00pm in one of our open-air vehicles to enjoy a Sunset Tour through Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Upon returning to Safari Camp, the two of you will partake in a delicious “Surf and Turf” candle light dinner, with tea, coffee, a homemade dessert, and chocolate for your sweetheart. All served in our glass-walled pavilion overlooking one of the watering holes of our main pasture. After dinner, relax with your special someone and enjoy Michael Cote (our live performer), singing love songs for the remainder of the evening.

Price: $90 per person.


Holiday Around the Rim Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour
Date: Please see our Calendar page.

Holiday Around the RimClose-out the year with our Holiday Around the Rim Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour. This celebratory tour involves cookies, hot chocolate, appetizers, champagne, shopping, exotic animals, and THEN the holiday meal. Come and celebrate Christmas with Fossil Rim Wildlife Center! Meet at the Foothills Safari Camp Pavilion at 5:00pm and be served cookies and hot chocolate. Then board one of our open air vehicles at 5:30pm, and travel through the Scenic Wildlife Drive to the Nature Store for holiday shopping, appetizers, and champagne. At 6:30pm, you will then re-board the open air vehicles for a brisk evening safari to the glass-walled pavilion at the Foothills Safari Camp, where you will enjoy a memorable holiday dinner, tea, coffee, and a homemade dessert in front of the glowing fireplace.

Prices: Adult – $90 per person • Child – $45 per person.


Murder Mystery Dinner and Tour
Date(s): Please see our Calendar page.

Murder MysteryDo you think you have what it takes to follow the clues, and find the culprit? In this unique tour, participants will be emailed their character description and instructions. (Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably for their role.) They will meet at the glass-walled pavilion at Foothills Safari Camp at 5:00pm sharp, where they will be given their first clue and board the vans for a mini tour of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Listen carefully for clues on the tour in order to solve the mystery. After the mini tour, dinner will be served, and the esteemed Dr. Robert Bontebok will be our guest speaker.

Price: $49.95 per person.

Group Tour

Large Groups, We’ve Got You Covered
We have tours designed for school, youth, and senior groups, and also groups with their own bus and driver. Weekdays only. (Reservations are required at least three days in advance).

Group
These tours are designed for school, youth, and senior special groups (differ from a private Family Tour). We will put your group on one, or more, of our tour vehicles, and give you a guided tour through our Scenic Wildlife Drive, providing a chance to ask all the questions you like, and making sure you won’t miss a thing. Groups must have a minimum of 10 people and maximum of 104 people. 1 free teacher/chaperone for every 12 children – School Groups Only! (Reservations are required at least three days in advance, please call 254.897.2960).

Price: $28.95 per person.

Private Step-On Tour
Step-onHave a group of people, and your own bus and driver? We can provide a tour guide, who will hop onto your group’s vehicle, and provide you with all the information you were looking for about Fossil Rim and its animals. This tour will take you on our Scenic Wildlife Drive, and lasts around 2-3 hours depending on traffic, and time spent at our halfway point. (Food for the animals is not included in the price, and reservations are required at least three days in advance, please call 254.897.2960).

Price: Admission Pricing + $125 guide fee.

Self-guided Group Tour

This tour is for school groups using their own vehicle(s) and do not need a step-on tour guide (minimum 10, maximum 104), with one free Adult/Teacher per 12 students. (Food for the animals is not included in the price, and reservations are required at least three days in advance, please call 254.897.2960).

Adults: $12.50 per person
Students: $8.00 per person

Group Information

General Group Tour Information

  • Be Prepared: Be sure to dress for the weather. You may bring hats, sunscreen, and water if you wish.
  • Please do not bring: pets, additional guests (no prior reservation), weapons, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, illegal drugs, radios, fireworks or food (only animal food provided by Fossil Rim is allowed on tour vehicles).
  • There are no restrooms on our tour vehicles. Restrooms are located at the main gate and overlook.
  • Guests meet at the front gate and will need to be there 15 minutes prior to tour time so that bathroom breaks and payment (if necessary) can be finished before tour time.
  • Tour includes only the Scenic Drive (unless indicated otherwise).

Booking Information

  • For information, availability and/or to make reservations please call 254.897.2960.
  • Guided tours should be booked at least 3 days in advance, preferably 4-6 days in advance. Shorter notice bookings may not be available.
  • Must cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid penalty.
  • Credit Card is required to make reservation at time of booking. We accept (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Debit cards). Payment is due 24 hours before reservation.
  • Cost of tour includes admission to the park.
  • Inclement Weather Policy: Tours will proceed as scheduled. Should Fossil Rim Wildlife Center need to cancel for safety or other reasons, a full refund will be given.