Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

The lovely prairies and hills of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument look serene, but they've been home to some of history's most fascinating creatures. Millions of years ago during the Miocene Epoch, ancient animals including bear dogs, small camels, and pony-sized North American rhinos roamed the plains. Learn about these bizarre critters during your visit, and discover the culture of the Lakota Sioux and the rancher James H. Cook. After a trip to the fascinating visitor center, head out onto the hiking trails to explore the dig sites—you can even see fossils in the earth and a devil's corkscrew spiral burrow created by the dry-land ancestor of a modern beaver. You'll need to get off the beaten path to reach this site in northwestern Nebraska, but the light crowd levels and remarkable history ensure a memorable visit.

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument sits in the Niobrara River Valley, a remote part of northwestern Nebraska. If you're seeking a relaxing escape, this lightly populated region is an ideal RV camping destination. Rent an RV through RVshare, and you'll enjoy panoramic views of the gentle hills and waving prairie grasses in comfort.

RV Rentals Near Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is a relatively small site; you can explore it easily in an afternoon. Don't miss the visitor center—it introduces you to the long-extinct animals that once roamed free. There are two local trails in the park itself and plenty of opportunities for hiking and wildlife-watching within a two-hour drive.

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How To Get To Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

State Highway 29 runs just east of Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. From the north, take Highway 20 to Harrison, and turn south on State Highway 29. If you're coming in from the south, take Highway 26 to Mitchell and turn north on State Highway 29.


301 River Road, Harrison, NE 69346

Fee: Entry Fee (Per Person)

There is no entry fee.

If you're interested in the fascinating natural history of the United States, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is a must-visit destination. Here, you can see the fossils left by the unusual ancient creatures that walked the same hills millions of years ago. Bring an RV and stay awhile—a motorhome is a great way to experience the peaceful Nebraska landscape.