Step Back in Time... Four to Three Million Years Ago!

During the Pliocene, this place looked quite different. Lush wetlands, forests, and grasslands provided excellent habitat for a variety of animals. From fascinating, now-extinct creatures like the saber-toothed cat, mastodon, and ground sloth, to more familiar animals like horses, beavers, and birds, the scientific study of Pliocene fossils is the key to Hagerman.

The entrance to a boxy, wood-paneled visitor center, with the NPS and Idaho State Parks logos.
Thousand Springs Visitor Center

Hours and information for the new visitor center, located one mile north of downtown Hagerman on US Highway 30.

Photo of the Hagerman Fossil Beds entrance sign, with the fossil beds in the distant background.
Getting Here

GPS navigation and highway signage may not be up-to-date. Get detailed directions to the new visitor center.

A fossil horse stands in a room filled with posters and display cases.
Things to Do

Experience fossil exhibits, scenic overlooks, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our most-asked questions about visiting Hagerman Fossil Beds.

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Meet the Fossils

Learn more about life in Pliocene Hagerman— and the paleontologists who study it.

Last updated: September 6, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 570
Hagerman, ID 83332


208 933-4105

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