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

    Agate Fossil Beds

    National Monument Nebraska

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Directions

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Photo by Jonathan S. Garcia

Plane
Nearest air service is available through Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, approximately 50 miles southeast of the monument.

Car
Access to region by automobile is possible via Interstates 80, 90 and 25, and various state highways and county roads.

Visitors traveling east-west on U.S. Highway 26, turn North on State Highway 29 at Mitchell, Nebraska. The park is 34 miles from Mitchell. Turn east on River Road (paved) and follow the National Park Service signs for three miles.

Visitors traveling on U.S. Highway 20, turn South on State Highway 29 at Harrison, Nebraska. The park is 22 miles from Harrison. Turn east on River Road (paved) and follow the National Park Service signs for three miles.

The park is also accessible via an unpaved 25 mile county road (River Road) from Marsland on Nebraska Highway 2. NOTE: Due to the drought in the region, travel on the 25 mile unpaved portion of River Road is not recommended for motorcycle travel and even vehicle travel on this road may want to be reconsidered. Please consider the use of Highway 29 north of Mitchell or south of Harrison to access the park.

Aside from River Road and the designated parking areas, visitors are not allowed to drive vehicles within the park boundaries. Vehicles driven by staff, adjacent landowners, and other individuals performing official business are allowed to drive inside the park on non-developed roads.

Public Transportation
No public transportation is available at the park.

 
Map of Nebraska with Agate Fossil Beds in red.
Note:  Agate Fossil Beds is located in the Northwest corner of the state and is indicated by a red X.

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...