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Your Guide to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Take a trip to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. This guide includes hours, weather, fees, maps, and directions. Make a copy and use it for yourself!

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Overview

During the 1890s, scientists rediscovered what the Lakota Sioux already knew—bones preserved in one of the world's most significant Miocene Epoch mammal sites.

Yet, this place called "Agate" is a landscape that reflects many influences—from early animals roaming the valleys and hills, to tribal nations calling the High Plains home, to explorers passing through or settling in the American West.

Directions

If traveling east or west on U.S. Highway 20 go 22 miles south of Harrison, NE on State Hwy 29 then 3 miles east on River Road (paved) If traveling east or west on U.S. Highway 26 go 34 miles north of Mitchell, NE on State Hwy 29 then 3 miles east on River Road (paved). Also accessible from State Hwy 71, 25 miles on unpaved River Road.

GPS: lat:42.42170419, long:-103.753886

Physical address: 301 River Road, Harrison, NE, 69346

Fees

There is no fee for the visitor center or trails at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

Weather

Summers can be very warm, high 90's to 100 with the possibility of thunderstorms late afternoons.

Winter temperatures can dip as low as -20 with some snow and wind.

Heaviest snows can be expected in late Spring.

Contact Information

Phone: 3086654113

Hours for Trails

The park's two trails are open from dawn till dusk every day. Visitor Center features Miocene Mammal fossils, a 12 minute movie, and the James H. Cook Collection, a unique collection of American Indian artifacts that were gifts to James Cook and his family. View closures: https://www.nps.gov/agfo/planyourvisit/hours.htm

Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset

Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset

Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset

Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset

Friday: Sunrise to Sunset

Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset

Hours for Visitor Center

Winter hours 8:00am to 4:00pm daily. Please note Agate Fossil Beds is in the Mountain Time Zone. View closures: https://www.nps.gov/agfo/planyourvisit/hours.htm

Sunday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Monday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Thursday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Friday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Saturday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM