Have you got adventure on your mind? Consider a trip to Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho. It's a great place to check out some of America's richest fossil deposits.
The property is best known for its Pliocene fossils, one of which includes multiple deposits of the rare Hagerman Horse, the original one-toed equine.
In 1988, the Hagerman Horse was proclaimed the state fossil of Idaho and its home a national monument. Today, the grounds contain the Hagerman Horse Quarry, a spot that is considered a national landmark. It is believed the fossil remains discovered at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument date back 500,000 years. The record shows an interesting ecosystem with a variety of different habitats. Though there is no place to hike at this park, the visitor's center displays a few of the artifacts for families to view.
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is one of four national parks found within the Oregon Trail National Trail system. Wagon ruts can still be seen along the route from lookout points above the park.
For an interesting time exploring ancient fossil finds, plan to visit Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. You'll have a great time.