• View of the Monument across the Snake River

    Hagerman Fossil Beds

    National Monument Idaho


Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake

NPS Photo

Rock outcrops and warm summer temperatures make Hagerman a haven for reptiles and amphibians.

Striped whip snakes, western rattlesnakes, and gopher snakes hunt among rock-strewn boulder fields, while short-horned, western whiptail and sagebrush lizards bask in the sun.

Western and Great Basin spadefoot toads inhabit the various moist areas and bullfrogs, northern leopard frogs, pacific tree frogs, and striped chorus frogs can be heard singing in the distance.

Did You Know?

A portion of the view from the Snake River Overlook.

The Snake River Overlook, a wheelchair accessible viewing platform, allows a view of bluffs about 600 feet high. They consist of strata, or layers of sediments (sands, silts, and clays) deposited by the flooding of rivers flowing into ancient Lake Idaho more than three million years ago.