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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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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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Worth the stop if in the area

Have a small museum in town which also covers the nearby WWII Japanese internment camp. Rangers were very friendly and helpful. Not a lot to see other than the river and the wagon... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Have a small museum in town which also covers the nearby WWII Japanese internment camp. Rangers were very friendly and helpful. Not a lot to see other than the river and the wagon trail if you drive out to the site.

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Dupont, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This has been a great stop. The visitor center is well done, and includes Mindoka Internment Camp display and info as well. It was amazing to learn about so many animals whose fossils were found here. Plan to see the movie (only 12 min), and to see the displays. The staff were very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. We hiked the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We are interested in the evolution of the horse in North America. This place is a must-visit, both for the monument and the visitor centre, which is small but well-stocked with interesting and informative exhibits including the skeleton of an ancient ancestor of the horse (the Hagerman horse).

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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We visited the Hagerman museum first -- and ended up spending more than an hour there. Very informative, with interesting exhibits and hands-on for kids. We had the time afterwards to drive to the area on the opposite side of the Snake River to the area with the fossil beds -- which you can't actually walk/hike to. But the views... More 

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Crystal Beach, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

On our way from Yellowstone to Boise we stumbled upon this treasure of a National Monument. It is not a far drive from the interstate and well worth the visit. There is a short, 12 minute, video about the area and fossil beds along with areas for kids to touch pelts and replica fossils. The rangers are talkative, friendly and... More 

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Westville, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Go to the visitors center in the town of hagerman first. It is great. Then head to monument. Town is tiny...u cant miss the nps sign.

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It was very interesting and informative, but thought there would be more. The staff new there stuff and went beyond just answering a simple question.

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Kids had a blast...visitor center is very hands on. The Minidoka display was excellent, and getting better everyday, so say the staff. The trail and overlooks for the Oregon Trail were fun for all ages. Rangers were, as usual, excellent!

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Trying to find the Oregon trail was difficult. The film and center were good. Don't miss the minidoka display and the park is worth the drive.

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The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The visitor center is small, but it provides a lot of information: both about the fossils discovered in this area and the Oregon Trail. One really has to go to the two Overlook points to appreciate this National Monument. My suggestion: Walk part of the Oregon Trail. You will probably find that very few visitors make this effort. An unique... More 

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