Basic Information

221 N State St
Hagerman, ID 83332

When visiting Hagerman Fossil Beds NM we recommend you stop at the Visitor Center, located at 221 N State St, to begin your visit. There you get the latest information, see an introductory DVD, view fossils up close, and obtain helpful information about the amenities available in the area. Hagerman Fossil Beds NM Visitor Center, 221 North State Street, is located along Highway 30 in the town of Hagerman across from the high school.

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

The road leading to the Monument is a public road and is open 24 hours a day. Access to the Monument Overlooks closes at dusk. The Visitor Center has separate hours. Please be aware that the overlooks and trails are not maintained during winter.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Monday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Thursday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Friday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset

Hagerman, Idaho, gets 10 inches of rain per year. On average, there are 213 sunny days per year in Hagerman, Idaho. The July high is around 94 degrees. The January low is 22. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 78 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

Entrance Fees:

Hagerman Fossil Beds Entrance Fee - $0.00

There is no cost to enter the Monument or the Visitor Center. Both are completely free to visitors.

Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitor Center

While visiting Hagerman be sure to spend some time exploring the Visitor Center, 221 N State Street., located in town on Route 30 across from the high school. You can watch our informational DVD, become a Junior Ranger, examine fossil replicas, and marvel at our fossil displays.

 

Why a National Monument?

Did you know that horses actually evolved in North America? The Hagerman Horse, Equus simplicidens, was a bit smaller than the size of a modern horse. Its bones most closely resemble Grevy's zebra for comparision purposes, but it wasn't a zebra.

During the Ice Ages, when ocean levels were lower than today, humans and animals moved between the new world and the old world. Horses migrated into Asia/Europe and Africa only to later become extinct, about 10,000 years ago, in North America. Spanish Explorers later introduced modern breeds of domesticated horses back into North America several hundred years ago.

In 1988, the Hagerman Horse became Idaho's state fossil and Hagerman Fossil Beds became a National Monument. The National Monument contains the Smithsonian Horse Quarry, a National Natural Landmark, recognized as an important site regarding the fossil history of horses.

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument protects one of the world's richest known fossil deposits from the late Pliocene Epoch. The National Monument was established nearly sixty years after the first Smithsonian excavation and given a unique legislative mandate: to provide a center for continuing paleontological research and education.

Today, Hagerman Fossil Beds has a Visitor Center in the town of Hagerman located at 221 N State Street (we're on US Route 30). Here you can get brochures, flyers and other information, watch our park DVD, see fossil displays, explore the Discovery Center, and browse our bookstore.

You can also visit the Monument with its two overlooks. The Snake River Overlook provides a view of the Monument and a section of the Snake River. You can see the multitude of layers and the effects erosion has on the bluffs. The Oregon Trail Overlook has informational wayside panels about the Oregon Trail, and fossils. Careful discovery will reveal views of the ruts from the original travelers on the Oregon Trail. No fossils are on display at either overlook but the views and hike are worth the drive.

Last updated: December 12, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 570
Hagerman, ID 83332

Phone:

(208) 933-4105

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