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Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

221 North State St, Hagerman, ID 83332
208-837-4857
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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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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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28 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Montpelier, Idaho, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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15 helpful votes 15 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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