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The new Thousand Springs Visitor Center opened to the public in April 2022. Check out the visitor center page for current operating hours.
Take a scenic drive, enjoy the view from the Snake River and Oregon Trail Overlooks, hike the Emigrant Trail, and explore fossil exhibits (be sure to check visitor center hours before you go.) Although the monument itself is small, visitors can find many more opportunities for recreation, including hiking, paddling, fishing, and birding, at nearby Thousand Springs State Park. For more ideas, visit the Things to Do page.
The only place to see fossils is at the Thousand Springs Visitor Center. There is no public access to the fossil beds, which are located in a remote and hazardous area of the monument.
Collecting any natural object, including plants, rocks, and fossils, is prohibited within the monument. If you see a fossil, please leave it in the ground, note its location, and notify park staff.
All of the fossils at Hagerman are from the Pliocene Epoch (4 to 3 million years ago), long after the last dinosaurs went extinct. Fossils found here belong to extinct horses, ground sloths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats, and about 140 other species. Learn more about Hagerman’s fossils.
There is no fee to visit Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. Fees are charged by Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to visit some units of Thousand Springs State Park.
Restrooms are available at the Thousand Springs Visitor Center during regular operating hours. Vault toilets are available anytime at the Snake River and Oregon Trail Overlooks (both located on Bell Rapids Road, south of the town of Hagerman.)
There is no lodging or camping inside the monument, but these are available in the community of Hagerman. Restaurants, groceries, and other services are also available in Hagerman on Highway 30.
There are several other National Park Service sites created primarily to protect and study fossils. These include:
For a more complete list of National Park Service sites that protect fossils, visit the National Park Service Paleontology website.
Last updated: July 25, 2022