Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Overview

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument contains the largest concentration of Hagerman Horse fossils in North America. The monument is internationally significant because it protects the world's richest known fossil deposits from a time period called the late Pliocene epoch, 3.5 million years ago. These plants and animals represent the last glimpse of time that existed before the Ice Age, and the earliest appearances of modern flora and fauna.

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Seasonality / Weather

Hagerman valley is generally sunny, dry, and clear throughout the year. The winters are mild with occasional winter storms, but summers are extremely hot and dry. Summer high temperatures commonly run above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Comfortable clothing providing sun protection, a broad brimmed hat, and water are recommended in summer. Winter requires warmer clothing and light to medium jackets. Sturdy walking shoes are important year round.

Directions

Driving: 

Directions: Hagerman Fossil Beds NM Visitor Center is located along Highway 30 in the town of Hagerman across from the High School.

From 1-84 East, take the first Bliss exit (#137) and travel approximately 2 miles to the turn off for Highway 30 on the right. Travel 8 miles on Highway 30 to the town of Hagerman. The Visitor Center is on your left.

From I- 84 West, take the second exit # 155, (Wendell/Hagerman). Travel @ 10 miles to the intersection of Highway 30. Make a right onto Highway 30 and travel approximately 2 miles. The Visitor Center is on your right. Parking is available in front of the Visitor Center, behind the Visitor Center, off Reed Street, or at the Town Park, one block north of the Visitor Center.

Hagerman is located approximately one and one half hours from Boise, Idaho and forty minutes from Twin Falls, Idaho.