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

    Agate Fossil Beds

    National Monument Nebraska

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Things To Do

The visitor center at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

The visitor center at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument houses the exhibits featuring the Miocene age mammals and the James Cook Collection.  This is also where you will receive information about the trails and the area.

The main attractions for most visitors include the dramatic displays in the Visitor Center showcasing ancient mammals that once roamed the American Plains, and the unique Cook Collection of American Indian artifacts. For those with more time, short hikes from one to three miles allow the opportunity to explore the natural history of the Niobrara River Valley and its current and past wildlife.

Did You Know?

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits are plentiful around the visitor center and on the rocky hills.

The Niobrara River flowing through the park is the reason that Agate Fossil Beds is home to many different animals. Both prairie animals and river animals live here. Early settlers lived in the valley as well due to water accessibility, and many original homesteads are the sites of current ranches. More...