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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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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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Enjoyed the visit, but know what you are going to

Know what you are visiting before you go and you'll set yourself up for a good experience. First off, the fossil fields themselves are closed to the public. South of the Snake... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Know what you are visiting before you go and you'll set yourself up for a good experience. First off, the fossil fields themselves are closed to the public. South of the Snake River, you can access overlooks and trail from which you can see the fields on the north side of the river (and some really nice views). Here is... More 

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Waianae, HI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Good video. Great Staff. Great display on the history of prejudice in America, in conjunction with display on Minadoka Internment Camp. Got great maps of area, and of viewpoints above Fossil Beds where one can see Oregon Trail.

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Mildenhall, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

A short off road trip to get there. Stunning views over the river. Plus the chance to walk along the Oregon Trail. Really enjoyed our short time there.

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Sparta, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We drove from Craters of the Moon to see the fossil beds. Once we arrived we found that the visitors center was closed. They may have been closed but at least they left their stamps outside so I could stamp my NPS passport (highlight of the visit). We grabbed a map and because we drove 2 1/2 hours out of... More 

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Stockton, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

I hate to sound so down about this place, but there is nothing here to see but the sign they put up, and the bed from which they retrieved the fossils. I did not even snap a photo. You would be much better off going into Hagerman and visiting the Visitor's Center. There are videos and replicas of the famous... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

It is a good thing that the National Park Service is preserving the Hagerman Fossil Beds for research purposes. Unfortunately, visitors cannot see them. All you can do is drive to an overlook of the Snake River and a site where you can see ruts from Oregon Trail wagons. The visitors center itself is very small and contains a few... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

It may be worth a quick stop if you happen to be in the area. This is a small visitor center with only a couple of minor exhibits. You can't actually visit the fossil beds; the best you can do is drive to a lookout that offers a faraway view. The most interesting part of my visit was seeing the... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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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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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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