Do you know horses evolved in North America? The Hagerman Horse, Equus simplicidens, is the first true one toed horse. It's the park's most famous fossil but we have fossil evidence of over two hundred different species. From saber-toothed cat, mastodon, bear, camel, and ground sloth, to much smaller animals like rodents and frogs, the scientific study of Pliocene fossils is the key to Hagerman. Read More
Examine a fossiliferous Pliocene-aged site!
New World Horse and other wonders
Hagerman horse fossil skeletons were excavated in the early 1930s by the Smithsonian Institution. These skeletons were studied worldwide.
Other Fossils and New Discoveries
Lontra weiri lived at Hagerman over 3.8 million years ago and is the oldest known ancestor of today’s American river otters.
Trail work, visitor contact, and other volunteer jobs wait for you
Become a Hagerman Fossil Beds Jr Ranger.
If you are between the ages of 6 and 100+ years old, we invite you to become a Hagerman Fossil Beds Junior Ranger.
Last updated: April 18, 2019