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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

301 River Road, Harrison, NE 69346-2734
+1 308-436-9760
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Very interesting and informative

Be prepared to hike on trails with no shade and few places to rest. Wear sunscreen and a hat as it... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott N
Grand Island, Nebraska
Long ways to drive; but worth it.

It's WAY out there; but worth if if you're interested in fossils and/or Chief Red Cloud... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Shannon L
Aztec, New Mexico
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Agate, a national park, is an internationally recognized fossil site.
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301 River Road, Harrison, NE 69346-2734
+1 308-436-9760
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be prepared to hike on trails with no shade and few places to rest. Wear sunscreen and a hat as it is hot and sunny. Museum was air conditioned. It covers the paleo/geologic history as well as Native American artifacts and displays. Plan on 45...More

Thank Scott N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's WAY out there; but worth if if you're interested in fossils and/or Chief Red Cloud history! The park is basically two museums in one; one for the non-dinosaur fossils found in the area and the other for some memorabilia concerning Chief Red Cloud. There's...More

Thank Shannon L
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Historically the fact that hundreds of animals died together and why - make up a Paleontologists dream. Imagine the luck #1 of a rancher by the name of Cook and the tenacity of not only him but of paleontologists from various universities discovering and figuring...More

Thank SLNColo
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This quiet and out of the way National Monument is worth a visit. There are some wide open spaces and walks that could be very hot in the summer, but on a 60 degree day in March, it was quite pleasant. These Cenozoic fossils of...More

Thank barkus1968
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is an isolated location in western Nebraska. Arriving from the north, we dropped down into a shallow river valley (Niobrara) to find a ranch protected by trees. The National Monument headquarters are just a few miles east of this point....More

2  Thank QuintanillaSchmidt
Reviewed 13 September 2016

One of the less-visited National Monuments in western Nebraska, this site protects a couple of Miocene mammal bone beds. The visitor center offers a film explaining how the site was found and some of the characters involved with quarrying the well-preserved fossils for museums all...More

1  Thank Carol A S
Reviewed 2 September 2016

You feel like you're in the middle of nowhere when you arrive at the visitor centre in a low grassy valley. It contains copies of the fossils found and a collection of Indian artifacts. Outside is a footpath up to the fossil beds but we...More

Thank Penny603
Reviewed 30 August 2016

The visitor center was really well done and very informative. Staff were really welcoming. Fossil (replicas) were of very unusual paleo mammals that had luckily been found by James Cook who owned the land. We are very lucky that it was found by this caring...More

Thank S W
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Heading from the black hills to North Platte and decided to stop here. Not at all busy! Very interesting and educational. Indian artifact exhibit was our favorite. Some trails to hike besides the visitor center. Not a must see but still interesting for dinasour enthusiast.

Thank StringsMama
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Was really pleasantly surprised. It has one of the best Indian artifact collections and displays I've seen. A good side trip for Indian history buffs. A little out of the way but worth the effort and time.

Thank Steve H
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How much time should a family of four plan out to spend at Agate? 2-3 Hours?
5 April 2017|
Response from RangerAJ | Property representative |
Depends on the weather. I would carve out at least an hour for our museum. Add another hour or so, and hike our beautiful Fossil Hills Trail. Make sure the kids ask about our Jr Ranger Activity Book!