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Agate Fossil Beds, Harrison

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  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is an isolated location in western Nebraska. Arriving from the north, we dropped down into a shallow river valley (Niobrara) to find a ranch protected by trees. The...  more »
  • The agate fossil beds NM is which are interested in geology actually especially for those interesting. A film will be shown at the visitor center about the possible origin of the bones. About 20 million years ago, a climate should have ruled in this area, which was similar to that of the Serengeti in Tanzania. 100 years ago fossils were first made and preserved. There are original skeletons at the visitor center but not to see. The hike to the 2 hills (sites) certainly a way to make a difference after long trip when the weather.
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  • One of the less-visited National Monuments in western Nebraska, this site protects a couple of Miocene mammal bone beds. The visitor center offers a film explaining how the site was found and some of ...  more »
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  • Great museum with interesting prehistoric artifact displays. They also have an interesting Native American section as the former ranch owner was a friend of Red Cloud. They have hiking trails and a nice small bookstore. They have a picnic area, also.
  • Rhinos and Beavers and Beardogs, oh my! This is a small, fossil-oriented park. It is known mainly for it’s mammal fossils from the Miocene Epoch, including “beardogs”, gazelle-camels, horse relatives with claws, early rhinos and “terrible hogs” with bone-crushing teeth. But it is perhaps best-known for a smaller mammal: a relative of beavers that made spiral-shaped burrows called “devil’s corkscrews” or “daemonelix”. Near the entrance of the park, there is a one-mile long trail where you can see these fossilized burrows where they were discovered. At the visitor center, there are museum-like displays of the creatures found in the park’s rocks. Entrance to the park is free and it is generally uncrowded. The day we visited, a warm morning in July, there were maybe a dozen people at the visitor center. Even if you’re not into fossils, you can explore the shortgrass prairie in relative solitude.
  • Took my son there recently and we both enjoyed the displays of history and animal life from thousands of years ago. It's not crowded so the ranger took plenty of time with us to explain the land and how it was formed along with the native people and their culture.
  • Wonderful displays, fascinating info, and nice hiking trails. I hope to get back, to try more hiking
  • Out of the way, but not hard to get to from Harrison or Mitchell, NE. Great mammalian fossils. Place was owned by a rancher that was entrusted with ANCIENT Sioux artifacts (read 1700's to early 1800's) that are on display in the visitor's center. Even if the rattlesnake warning goes up and the trails to the fossils are closed, it is still worth the drive.