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Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

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Address: 221 North State St, Hagerman, ID 83332
Phone Number: 208-837-4857
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: This 4,000-acre park is known for its variety of fossils, particularly the...
This 4,000-acre park is known for its variety of fossils, particularly the horse, Idaho's state fossil.
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Long walk

The Fossil beds are on Bell Rapids Road about 5 miles up, I am guessing I forgot to look at the odometer, there is just a small sign in front of the fence line with a long trail... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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BULLHEAD CITY
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BULLHEAD CITY
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101 reviews 101 reviews
28 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Fossil beds are on Bell Rapids Road about 5 miles up, I am guessing I forgot to look at the odometer, there is just a small sign in front of the fence line with a long trail leading up to where they had a fossil dig. The actual museum is in Hagerman more than nine miles away, blink and... More 

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Bring your towel and swimsuit as this is near Miracle Hot Springs, Banbury's, and 1000 Springs which are all great hot springs pools. Bring your binoculars as this is a great area for bird viewing along the highway. Keep an eye out for deer. Bring your hiking shoes and bottled water as there are trails to take. Great spot for... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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113 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The visitor center is packed full of interesting items and fossils, including the famous Hagerman horse. It is worth a visit if you are in the area---the key here is "if you are in the area". Always important---they do have clean bathroom facilities.

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Meridian, Idaho
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Watched a video and enjoyed reading about the area. Had never heard about the Hagerman Horse. The ranger is extremely helpful.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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270 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Stopped by on my way to Boise. The only fossils you will see are at the small visitor's center. There is a scenic drive, but not very impressive, and again no fossils. The visitor's center is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I don't know why they chose those two days of the week to be closed.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We stopped here on our way across country and it was our first stop at a National Park on our journey. The Visitors Center was interesting and the staff all made a big effort to answer our questions and help my son with his Junior Ranger Badge. We ended up spending a relaxing few hours here and out on the... More 

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Goleta, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

As previously mentioned, this visitor center is quite small. The ranger we met was very friendly and knowledgable, even though she's only been in the area a short time. The highlight is the life size replica of the Hagerman horse. Come on Smithsonian, the least you could do is give one of the originals back! Start at the visitor center... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The small visitors center at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument also serves as the visitors center for this section of the Oregon National Historic Trail and the visitors center for Minidoka Interment National Monument. The rangers in service at the Hagerman center are very knowledgeable about all three monuments and are extremely helpful in locating other interesting sites in the... More 

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Mobile, AL
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Visitors Center is very nice. They have several fun activities for children. They also have some authentic fossils on display. Unfortunately, the original fossils found in the nearby fossil beds were taken to the Smithsonian and the fossil beds are now just an overlook. The staff was very nice and helpful.

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texas
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80 helpful votes 80 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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