Did you know horses evolved in North America? The Hagerman Horse, Equus simplicidens, was the first true horse but its bones most closely resembled Grevy’s zebra bones.
Hagerman is home to over two hundred different species of fossil plants and animals: including sabertooth cat, mastodon, bear, camel, ground sloth, and many other species. Over 3,000 new fossil fragments are found each year.
Fossil Beds Visitor Center
Visitor Center Operating Hours & Seasons
Summer Hours: June 5 – September 30: Open every day 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Winter Hours: Beginning October 5th the Visitor Center will be closed every Tuesday and Wednesday until June 4th.
The Visitor Center will be open Thursday through Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please check back before you visit as schedules may change.
The Visitor Center is open all Federal Holidays except for Thanksgiving, Christmas (12/24 -25), and New Years Day. We will be closed on these days.
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument thinks Junior Rangers are special people!
So if you are between the ages of 6 and 12 years old we invite you to become a Hagerman Fossil Beds Junior Ranger.
Participants choose from a variety of activities to earn their Junior Ranger badge. You can take a short hike, visit the Monument on the self-guided auto tour, or search the Visitor Center for the correct answers. No matter which activity you choose, you are sure to have fun learning about Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.
Junior Ranger booklets are available for free at the Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitor Center. The activities take about 1 – 2 hours to complete. Be sure to stop by, see the Hagerman Horse fossil, and become a Junior Ranger!