• 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?

James Cook raised horses as well as cattle on the Agate Springs Ranch.

Grasses that make up the mixed grass prairie are excellent for grazing cattle. However, with the low annual rainfall the carrying capacity is 25 acres for one cow and calf. This makes it necessary for ranches in this area to be fairly large. More...