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Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Address: 221 North State St, Hagerman, ID 83332
Phone Number: 208-837-4857
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Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Hagerman
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This 4,000-acre park is known for its variety of fossils, particularly the horse, Idaho's state...
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This 4,000-acre park is known for its variety of fossils, particularly the horse, Idaho's state fossil.

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Marietta, Georgia
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318 reviews 318 reviews
105 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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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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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263 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 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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34 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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37 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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49 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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34 helpful votes 34 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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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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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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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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