Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

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Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Idaho

(208) 837-4793

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Overview

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument contains the largest concentration of Hagerman Horse fossils in North America. The monument is internationally significant because it protects the world's richest known fossil deposits from a time period called the late Pliocene epoch, 3.5 million years ago. These plants and animals represent the last glimpse of time that existed before the Ice Age, and the earliest appearances of modern flora and fauna.

Map of Hagerman Fossil Beds

Latitude, Longitude: 42.817870, -114.897614

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Activities

  • Boating

    Great boating in the Snake River.

  • Bicycling

    Great biking in designated areas.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    There are many interesting sites a short distance from the road.

  • Fishing

    Shoreline fishing on the Snake River.

  • Hiking

    Great hiking for hikers of all levels.

  • Historic Sites

    The National Park Service Visitor Center is located on Route 30 in Hagerman, ID across from the high school. Fossil exhibits, an informational DVD, a discovery corner, and programs are provided by park staff. Regularly scheduled ranger-guided tours are available seasonally. Educational programs for groups are available throughout the school year. Reservations are required.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding allowed in designated areas.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, fishing, and swimming.

Seasonality/Weather

Hagerman valley is generally sunny, dry, and clear throughout the year. The winters are mild with occasional winter storms, but summers are extremely hot and dry. Summer high temperatures commonly run above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Comfortable clothing providing sun protection, a broad brimmed hat, and water are recommended in summer. Winter requires warmer clothing and light to medium jackets. Sturdy walking shoes are important year round.

Park Partners

Craters of the Moon Natural History Association

The Craters of the Moon Natural History Association is a private nonprofit organization established in 1959. Their mission is to assist their National Park Service partners with interpretive, educational, and scientific activities at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, and Minidoka National Historic Site. Through the operation of two retail stores, an online store, and membership dues, the NHA provides much needed funds for these activities.

(208) 527-1360

Directions

Driving

Directions: Hagerman Fossil Beds NM Visitor Center is located along Highway 30 in the town of Hagerman across from the High School.

From 1-84 East, take the first Bliss exit (#137) and travel approximately 2 miles to the turn off for Highway 30 on the right. Travel 8 miles on Highway 30 to the town of Hagerman. The Visitor Center is on your left.

From I- 84 West, take the second exit # 155, (Wendell/Hagerman). Travel @ 10 miles to the intersection of Highway 30. Make a right onto Highway 30 and travel approximately 2 miles. The Visitor Center is on your right. Parking is available in front of the Visitor Center, behind the Visitor Center, off Reed Street, or at the Town Park, one block north of the Visitor Center.

Hagerman is located approximately one and one half hours from Boise, Idaho and forty minutes from Twin Falls, Idaho.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(208) 837-4793

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