Ernst Quarries86 Votes
- Address: Round Mountain Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93308, USA, United States
- Phone: +1-6613197080
- Tags: Family And Kids
Overview of Ernst Quarries
If the idea of excavating an area in an attempt to find shark teeth amuses you, then a visit to the Ernst Quarries is a must on your list of things to do in Bakersfield, CA’s Kern County. This attraction is known to bestow with some thrilling fossil adventures. Additionally, you can also get to indulge in some fossil history, if the subject interest you. Although luck may play a major factor here, rest assured you are bound to have one fun, exhilarating time here.
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Ernst Quarries Reviews & Ratings
I was excited about my trip to Ernst Quarries, with the idea of digging for shark's teeth, bone, and other fossils. Were were given direction and orientation on the do's and dont's. Only cash was accepted with NO receipt, and we all signed a full page liability waver, with no copies provided. I shared a cavelike ledge with a man, Scott, and his 10-12 year old son. Without warning the ledge collapsed pinning me in from above the knee down. Scott and another man came to dig me out, as I couldn't move a muscle. There was hundreds of pounds of weight on me, and I was completely pinned in. I worked hard not to panic, and eventually I was freed. I was glad that the boy was not nearby at the time. Its been a week since this happened. I cancelled the rest of my 3 week RV road trip, and went home, as I couldn't do much other than ice, heat and elevation. I was traveling alone. I sought medical attention, have massive bruising on my lower legs, and still in a lot of pain, though fortunately nothing is broken. After we were allowed freedom to dig, we were told that we could leave anytime, but had the day to stay. As an amateur layperson I have no real experience to know when a ledge was becoming unsafe or unstable. I wanted the owner or employee to either monitor, or supervise the site, and if need be, close off areas that were questionable. No one came around to our area to observe our spot, or asked us to move. I just dont feel that signing a waiver, taking money, and providing an experience, should negate all and any responsibility to assure that conditions are as safe as they could be. There were several children on this tour, and if it were me, I would think twice about exposing them, in particular, to these cavelike ledges. I felt the need to share my story so others can be prepared.
Its hard work but worthwhile because you do find fossils, not just shark teeth here. I found one perfect tooth of medium size. Owner/host very informative & fun time. Was able to navigate the dirt road in a VW gti, so not too bad.
Very cool place, our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. We found a good number of shark teeth and other bones. Bring lots of water, and some lunch, and something to keep all your finds in, like a bag or box.
I can't wait to finally get to dig for the shark teeth ,I think it's so exciting
Cool place to go shark tooth hunting. Dig a hole and sift out the dirt and you will definitely find teeth. If it's over 90 degrees, however, so I would seriously reconsider going as there is no shade. I had a good time. But my 3 year old gave up in like 30 minutes and my 9 year old gave up in like an hour. My 5 year old lasted 7 hours and had a blast. It was his highlight for our trip to California.