• The Agate Fossil Hills where mammal fossils were excavated in the early 1900's

    Agate Fossil Beds

    National Monument Nebraska

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Bridge and boardwalk on Fossil Hills Trail

The Fossil Hills Trail bridge and boardwalk over the Niobrara River and its wetlands.

Wheelchair Accessibility
For visitors with mobility impairments, there are reserved parking spaces in the parking lots located at the visitor center and museum as well as at the Daemonelix Trail trailhead. The picnic area adjacent to the visitor center and museum is accessible by paved and gravel trails and features wheelchair-friendly tables. The visitor center complex, including the museum exhibits, is wheelchair accessible.

A wheelchair is available on request for onsite use.

The Fossil Hills Trail, a 2.7-mile (4.3 km) round-trip trail that begins at the visitor center, is a 5-foot-wide wheelchair-accessible paved trail.

The Daemonelix Trail, a 1-mile (1.6 km) loop trail, has a stabilized, crushed rock surface. The trail's wheel-chair accessible lower portion includes two Daemonelix formation exhibit cases.

For visitors who want to preview the trails or see what they contain without going out-of-doors, a touch-screen-activated interactive hiker is available in the visitor center.

interactive hiker with touch screen

This interactive hiker in the visitor center provides information about the monument's two hiking trails: The Fossil Hills and the Daemonelix Trails.

Accessibility for the Hearing Impaired
The monument's orientation film, The Fossil Hills, and its interactive hiker in the visitor center feature closed captioning.
Service Animals
All service animals are welcome in the visitor center and museum and on the monument's hiking trails.

Did You Know?

Lakota families traveling from the Pine Ridge Reservation to visit at Agate Springs Ranch.

Lakota families traveled 150 miles by team and wagon to visit the Agate Springs Ranch. This trip took almost a week and they needed to carry a pass to leave the reservation where they lived. Many long time residents remember seeing the visiting American Indian dancers at the Agate Springs Ranch. More...