Needle and thread grass, Platte Lupine, and yucca on the slope below and west of the Quarry A ridge. Quarry A was the first fossil locality worked by Olaf A. Peterson of the Carnegie Museum. The three named plant species are native to western Nebraska's short- and mixed-grass prairies.
A National Park Service photograph. Photo by Fred MacVaugh.
Curious to know what you might see and explore at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument? We wouldn't blame you if you were; in fact, we'd encourage you to browse the sampling of landscape and collections images found in our photo gallery
. We must confess, however, that no photograph worth even a thousand words could conceivably capture the wonderfully beautiful and shocking wide-open spaces that surround and contain the monument's famed fossil quarries
. Even the details, the photographs of plants and wildlife, leave one wanting to feel the wind brushing your sun-warmed skin as you walk the park's hiking trails
. Not to be missed either is the monument's one-of-a-kind museum collections
featuring 20-million-year-old fossil mammals
and gifts the Cook family
, owners of the historic Agate Springs Ranch, received from Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota, who visited often with family and friends in the late 1800s and early 1900s.