More than a century ago, a rancher in western Nebraska discovered some strange animal bones on his land. It took another 20 years for paleontologists to show up, and when they did, they found a treasure trove of mammalian fossils that would become the Agate Fossil Beds. Today, the excavation is over, but the history of the place is palpable. The best way to experience this place is by hiking one of its short trails.

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If you want to hike the Fossil Hills Trail, be sure to bring lots of water and lots of sun protection – there are three covered benches along the trail, but no shade otherwise. There’s no charge to visit the monument, making this a great destination for a free family outing. Have you ever walked the Fossil Hills Trail? Leave a comment and tell us all about it!

Curious about that other trail in the park? Read all about its unusual history here.

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