• 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 bridge and boardwalk over the Niobrara River and wetlands on the Fossil Hills Trail.

Wheelchair Accessibility

For our visitors with mobility impairments, there are reserved parking spaces in the parking lots located at our visitor center and Daemonelix Trailhead. The picnic area is accessible with wheelchair friendly tables. The visitor center complex is entirely accessible. In the museum, exhibits are accessibility compliant, being the correct height and width to accommodate wheelchairs.

A wheelchair is available for use on site.

The Fossil Hills Trail, 2.7 miles round-trip, is wheelchair accessible. This trail is a paved 5 foot wide path.

The Daemonelix Trail, one mile round trip, has a stabilized crushed rock surface and is wheelchair accessible on the lower portion of the trail to the two exhibit cases.

An interactive hiker with a touch screen is available for visitors who choose to view information about the trails without going out-of-doors.

interactive hiker with touch screen

This interactive hiker provides information about the trails.

Accessibility for the Hearing Impaired

The orientation film and the interactive hiker are open captioned

Service Animals

All service animals are welcome.

Did You Know?

The Fossil Hills, containing the main excavation sites. Carnegie Hill on the right, and University (of Nebraska) Hill on the left.

At Agate Fossil Beds many years separated different excavations. In 1981 University of Nebraska scientists screened the soil near a 1908 Carnegie excavation site and found a beardog tibia fragment fitting one found in the earlier dig. This site also revealed actual beardog dens. More...