Visitor Center Hours
The visitor center at Agate Fossil Beds will be open the following hours: Memorial Day till Labor Day Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm; Labor Day till Memorial Day Open Daily 8 am - 4 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Cooperating Associations developed early in the National Park Service's history to provide items and services not available through the use of federal funds. Their primary function continues to be the support of park interpretive and related visitor service activities.
Cooperating Associations operate small bookshops or sales areas within park visitor facilities, carrying literature and other items which assist the public in understanding parks and their related themes. Sales proceeds are used to sponsor various activities that support park programs.
Oregon Trail Museum Association (OTMA) operates book stores at both Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and Scotts Bluff National Monument. One of the many interpretive programs that they help with is Boxing Day, a fee free day on December 26th that is reminiscent of gatherings held at the Agate Springs ranch house in the 1970's.
OTMA memberships are available by contacting Oregon Trail Museum Association, Box 27, Gering, NE 69361 or by calling 308-436-9715.
Membership benefits include: Subscription to OTMA newsletter, attendance at annual membership meeting, having a say in the OTMA decision making process and a discount on OTMA sales items.
Did You Know?
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...