Visitor Center Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument - Hagerman
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 42° 49.074 W 114° 53.898
11T E 671814 N 4742735
Quick Description: In 1988, the Hagerman horse became Idaho's state fossil and Hagerman Fossil Beds became a national monument. The Monument contains the Hagerman Horse Quarry, a national natural landmark.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 12/12/2020 6:51:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM13GWR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
LOCATION: Visitor Center-Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, 221 N. State Street, Hagerman ID 83332.

From the National Park Service website in part: Known mostly for its fossils from the Pliocene epoch Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument contains one of the world's richest known deposits of the fossil horse Equus simplicidens.

In 1988, the Hagerman horse became Idaho's state fossil and Hagerman Fossil Beds became a national monument. The Monument contains the Hagerman Horse Quarry, a national natural landmark. Hagerman Fossil Beds is nationally and internationally significant for its world-class paleontological resources.

The Monument's paleontological resources are contained in a continuous, undisturbed stratigraphic record spanning at least 500,000 years. The fossils deposited here appear to represent an entire paleontological ecosystem with a variety of habitats such as wetland, riparian, and grassland savanna. Most of the fossils contained in the park are not obvious. There are no hikes or observation areas to see the fossils in place. A sampling of excavated fossils is displayed in the park visitor center, while the other fossils are studied under laboratory conditions not currently visible to park visitors. It is in the long term plans for the park to make the laboratory work and procedures more accessible to everyone.

The Monument is also one of four National Park system units containing a portion of the Oregon Trail National Historic Trail. Ruts from the wagons that used the Trail are visible from one of the marked lookout points inside the park grounds.
What kinds of fossils are found here:
Hagerman Horse, Camels, Animal Skulls


Admission Fee: no

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