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Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

221 North State St, Hagerman, ID 83332
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Ranked #2 of 3 attractions in Hagerman
Type: Canyons
Description: This 4,000-acre park is known for its variety of fossils, particularly the horse, Idaho's state fossil.
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I had the pleasure to meet one of the most helpful ranger's I have ever encountered in a visitor's center (in Hagerman). As far as the site, just across the river, it leaves something to be desired. There is only a scenic lookout and no trails, frankly this was kind of a disappointment. The Oregon trail winds through the area... More

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Layton, Utah
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I had wondered for many years what this place was all about. On a recent trip I took the time to drive to the visitor center and was glad to finally see it. The space is very small, but they've packed a lot of information and interesting fossils into it, plus there is information on the WWII internment center that... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Saw a sign and thought "let's go do that, sounds interesting" and it was. Very educational. After stopping at the visitor center in town drive a few miles, cross the snake river, and then drive some more to see where the fossils came from. Also you will see the Oregon trail from one of the overlooks. You can walk a... More

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Montpelier, Idaho, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Our GPS took us around the block twice, and we thought we were going to the site. It turns you can't go to the site without a tour. The site is 35 miles away. They had lots of fossils and a very knowledgeable ranger there named Carol. We also visited the Minidoka internment section, and ended up going there the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The people at the visitor center are super nice and the area has decent scenery; however, if you have other things on your agenda, I do not think that this is worth your time. There really isn't much to see or do here so do not go out of your way just to come see this. I was pretty disappointed... More

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Visit the site of important fossil finds and also the route of the Oregon Trail. Exhibits do a nice job of telling you about both. Visitor center in Hagerman has interesting exhibits, films, and books.

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Fredonia, New York
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The visitors center is extremely modest, especially compared to those at Fossil Butte in Wyoming and John Day in Oregon. The people were great, though.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

But what is worth is to visit the fish hatchery and caress the fish in the canal. Very neat. Do not take the freeway and the drive by the river from Twin Falls (and see the Thousand Springs and other waterfalls). Very pretty. Otherwise the park itself was disappointing.

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Gibbon, Nebraska
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15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Not something I'd recommend if you've been to other fossil sites. Pretty minimal. Found the display interesting since we'd just been to the Heart Mountain camp in northern Wyoming. Lovely drive through the valley with all the waterfalls.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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57 reviews 57 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

When you visit the Fossil Beds visitor's center in downtown Hagerman, you will learn a lot about what has been discovered in the layers of earth across the Snake River. It's a scenic drive, but there are no identifying spots to stop at and marvel, like most monuments. Still, the significance of the monument is real. The surrounding area of... More

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