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Why go there?

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument offers a captivating blend of paleontological treasures and Native American history. Renowned for its extensive collection of ancient Miocene-era fossils, the park provides a glimpse into prehistoric life and contains the remains of rhinoceroses, horses, calicotheres, camels, entelodonts and beardogs. . Rich in mammal remains and featuring unique "Devil's Corkscrews," the site is a haven for science enthusiasts. Additionally, it pays homage to the Native American Lakota Sioux, emphasizing the cultural significance of the region. Visitors can explore the past, appreciate nature, and delve into a tapestry of Earth's history at Agate Fossil Beds.

About the Park

  • Natural

  • Hiking

  • Visitor center

  • Archaeology

  • Historical artifacts

  • Trails

  • Fossils

  • Exhibits

  • Junior Ranger Program

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