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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

301 River Road, Harrison, NE 69346-2734
+1 308-436-9760
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Certainly off the beaten path!

It was quite an excursion to get to this national monument but that added to the whole experience... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Council Bluffs, Iowa
via mobile
A bit out of the way but interesting

This was our one point of interest in Nebraska on our road trip. The hours of operation conflict... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kaye N
Provo, Utah, United States
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Agate, a national park, is an internationally recognized fossil site.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
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301 River Road, Harrison, NE 69346-2734
+1 308-436-9760
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was quite an excursion to get to this national monument but that added to the whole experience of the trip. The scenery was beautiful , the drive took us down some roads rarely traveled ( Pink School House Road), but all that contributed to...More

Thank dmcnitt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our one point of interest in Nebraska on our road trip. The hours of operation conflict - online it says 8 a.m.; on the door of the visitor's center it says 9 a.m. We got there before 9 so we took the walk...More

1  Thank Kaye N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The information and the way it was presented was ideal. From video to interactive stations to hiking trails to the extremely knowledgeable park rangers, you can learn about geology, fossils, scientific methods, American Indian culture, and many other concepts. It is one-hundred percent worth the...More

1  Thank AngieDO
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Did not know what to expect - it was a hot sunny day so make sure you take plenty to drink. Visitor center was great with many interesting items to view and short movie - very helpful staff! Two trails to hike 3mile or 1...More

1  Thank kwinters38
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We stopped at the Agate Fossil Beds on route from Fort Robinson, Nebraska back home to Denver, CO. It was a good educational stop! The museum itself is well-maintained and thoughtfully constructed. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The facilities inside and out are clean...More

Thank Theresa B
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Be prepared to hike on trails with no shade and few places to rest. Wear sunscreen and a hat as it is hot and sunny. Museum was air conditioned. It covers the paleo/geologic history as well as Native American artifacts and displays. Plan on 45...More

1  Thank Scott N
Reviewed 1 June 2017

It's WAY out there; but worth if if you're interested in fossils and/or Chief Red Cloud history! The park is basically two museums in one; one for the non-dinosaur fossils found in the area and the other for some memorabilia concerning Chief Red Cloud. There's...More

1  Thank Shannon L
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Historically the fact that hundreds of animals died together and why - make up a Paleontologists dream. Imagine the luck #1 of a rancher by the name of Cook and the tenacity of not only him but of paleontologists from various universities discovering and figuring...More

1  Thank SLNColo
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This quiet and out of the way National Monument is worth a visit. There are some wide open spaces and walks that could be very hot in the summer, but on a 60 degree day in March, it was quite pleasant. These Cenozoic fossils of...More

Thank barkus1968
Reviewed 7 October 2016

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 National Monument headquarters are just a few miles east of this point....More

3  Thank QuintanillaSchmidt
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5 April 2017|
Response from RangerAJ | Property representative |
Depends on the weather. I would carve out at least an hour for our museum. Add another hour or so, and hike our beautiful Fossil Hills Trail. Make sure the kids ask about our Jr Ranger Activity Book!