• 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

Map of Nebraska with Agate Fossil Beds in red.
As indicated by the red X and text on the map, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is located in the northwest corner of Nebraska.
 
Car
Access to northwest Nebraska by automobile is possible from Interstates 80, 90, and 25, by way of various connecting state highways and county roads.

If traveling east or west on U.S. Highway 26, turn north on State Highway 29 in Mitchell, Nebraska. Thirty-four (34) miles north of Mitchell, turn east on River Road (it's paved) and follow the National Park Service signs for three miles to reach the monument's visitor center and museum.

If traveling east or west on U.S. Highway 20, turn south on State Highway 29 in Harrison, Nebraska. Twenty-two (22) miles south of Harrison, turn east on River Road (it's paved) and follow the National Park Service signs for three miles to reach the monument's visitor center and museum.

The park is also accessible from Marland, Nebraska, to the east via an unpaved 25-mile county road (River Road). NOTE: Due to dry conditions in the region, travel on the 25-mile unpaved portion of River Road is not recommended for motorcycles, recreational vehicles, or other automobiles not designed for off-road conditions. If traveling by these means, please consider arriving at the park by way of Highway 29 north out of Mitchell or Highway 20 south out of Harrison.

Aside from on River Road and in the designated parking areas within the monument's boundaries, visitors are prohibited from driving vehicles. Only vehicles operated by NPS staff, adjacent landowners, and other individuals performing official business are permitted to use the monument's non-developed roads.
 
If you get lost ...

Photo by Jonathan S. Garcia

Plane
The nearest airline service Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is available through Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, which is approximately 50 miles south southeast of the park.
 
Public Transportation
There is no public transportation to, from, or within the monument.

Did You Know?

This painting hangs in the Den exhibit in the Cook Gallery.

Red Cloud, a chief of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, was one of the most photographed American Indians. More than 128 photos were taken of him during his lifetime. An oil painting of Red Cloud painted at the Agate Springs Ranch hangs in the “Den” exhibit in the James H. Cook Gallery. More...