We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Hagerman Horse”

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Hagerman
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This 4,000-acre park is known for its variety of fossils, particularly the horse, Idaho's state fossil.
Goleta, California
Level 6 Contributor
324 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Hagerman Horse”
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 first before you start on the driving tour so you know what to expect and won't be disappointed.

Visited August 2014
Thank Cathy M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

69 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Mobile, AL
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Nice Visitors Center”
Reviewed July 17, 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.

Visited July 2014
Thank drsyn2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Nice view, but needs better trails”
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 and you can see the ruts from the original trail (and trails are available for this portion). The visit is nice, but trail system in the Fossil area should be improved.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Mark T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Layton, Utah
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Small visitor center, interesting displays”
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 is somewhat close by. Maybe more than the visitor center, the drive along the river in the Snake River Canyon was wonderful and definitely worth the extra time.

Visited April 2014
Thank RJSP
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Birmingham, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A nice side trip. Very interesting. Be sure to drive out to the fossil fields.”
Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

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 trail if you want, but not necessary. Look for the 1000 springs coming out of the bank of the river.

2 Thank asialover24
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument also viewed


Been to Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing