Visitor Center Hours
The visitor center at Agate Fossil Beds will be open the following hours: Memorial Day till Labor Day Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm; Labor Day till Memorial Day Open Daily 8 am - 4 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Be a Junior Ranger
We have free Junior Ranger activity booklets waiting for you at the visitor center information desk. There are several activities from easy to hard. Many use the exhibits as a guide and you can hike one of the trails as an activity. Find out how many activities you need to complete to earn your Junior Ranger badge by taking your age and dividing it by 2.
When you finish, take your booklet to the Ranger at the desk and he/she will look through it with you. After you talk about your work, you'll say the Junior Ranger Pledge and receive your official Agate Fossil Beds National Monument badge and Junior Ranger Certificate. Then you can take your booklet with you and finish the rest of the activities on the road or at home.
Remember, many of the national parks and monuments have Junior Ranger programs and it's neat to collect the badges and display them on a hat, sash, or vest. Just think of the places you'll remember when to look at each badge.
Did You Know?
The windmills seen in the area are still used to pump water into stock tanks for cattle to drink. Some of these wells are 250 to 300 feet deep and provide a good source of water as long as the wind blows.