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Discover the Prehistoric Prairie at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Discover the earliest days of American history through the fossils and Native American artifacts at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. The site, near Chadron in northwestern Nebraska, is rich in history and beauty.

The history extends back 20 million years, with the Miocene-era fossils displayed in the Agate Fossil Beds Visitor Center & Museum. The visitor center is also home to the James Cook Collection of Lakota and Red Cloud Native American artifacts. Spend time exploring the exhibits and view the park film before heading outdoors.

Roam the grounds on foot, following the 2.7-mile Fossil Hills Trail. A paved path, the trail takes you through wetlands and around hills where ongoing digs continue the search for fossils. The shorter Daemonelix Trail goes through sand dunes and grasslands. During spring and summer visits, the plains landscape is dotted with wildflowers. You can also make your way to the Bone Cabin, a restored homestead.