1. Is there a fee to visit the Monument?No, there are no fees charged at the Monument, but donations are always welcomed.
2. Where can we dig for fossils?Digging for fossils is not allowed within the National Monument. All animals, plants, and rocks (including fossils) are protected by law and cannot be removed or harmed. Even if the fossil is right on top of the ground it is protected by law and should not be removed or moved. Oftentimes where a fossil is found can be as important as what the fossil is.
3. Why can't we dig for fossils?Fossils are heritage resources and national treasures that are important for their scientific, educational and recreational values. They should be available for the enjoyment of all.
4. Were a lot of fossils found here?Yes! So far over 200 species of plants and animals fossils were found in the 4400 acres that makes up the Hagerman Fossil Beds. Who knows what we may find tomorrow!
5. Do you have any dinosaurs?No, the fossils found here are much too young to be dinosaurs. The fossils found here are between 4 - 3 million years old and dinosaurs went extinct over 65 million years ago.
Currently there are two overlooks established. Both are scenic overlooks. The Snake River overlook gives you a wonderful view of the Snake River, the town of Hagerman, and portions of the Monument's bluffs. The Oregon Trail overlook is three miles further up the road. At this overlook you can hike the Emigrant Trail to see a portion of the Oregon Trail.
Last updated: September 8, 2017