Thing to Do

Daemonelix Trail

Looking down on trail from an overlook.

This one-mile (1.6 km) trail at the west end of the park offers visitors a tour through through time. In addition to a dry land beaver's curious spiral burrows, the Daemonelix or Devil's Corkscrew, visitors see ancient sand dunes and fossil grassland soils called paleosols. From the number and concentration of their now petrified homes, paleontologists know that the paleocastor, the dry land beaver, formed and lived in colonies much like present-day prairie dogs.

From the Daemonelix Trail's highest point, visitors can look out over not only James H. Cook's historic Agate Springs Ranch but also the vast, open tablelands that form the northern terminus of the High Plains east of the Rocky Mountains.

30-60 Minutes
This is a one-mile hike on a solid surface trail through a rugged landscape. Interpretive signs teill the story of a prehistoric landscape. You can view encased fossils of the paleocaster, a dry land beaver. Elevation offers you a grand view across high plains tables and the Agate Springs Ranch.
Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash no more than 6 feet, you remove your pets waste, respect wildlife, and stay on the trail. 
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Daemonlix Trailhead, located on the Park Road, just after turning off NE 29. 
Cooler seasons are best, but the trail can be enjoyed year round. Prepare for the heat with a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water for your entire party. If you have pets please take water for them too. 
Time of Day
Day, Dawn, Dusk

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Last updated: December 18, 2019