National Park Service, Idaho.
Did you know that horses evolved in North America? The Hagerman horse, Equus simplicidens, is the first true one-toed horse. It's the park's most famous fossil, but we have fossils from over two hundred other species too! From the saber-toothed cat, mastodon, bear, camel, and ground sloth, to smaller animals like rodents and frogs, the scientific study of Pliocene fossils is the key to Hagerman.
When visiting Hagerman Fossil Beds NM we recommend you stop at the Visitor Center, located at 221 N State St, to begin your visit. There you get the latest information, see an introductory DVD, view fossils up close, and obtain helpful information about the amenities available in the area. Hagerman Fossil Beds NM Visitor Center, 221 North State Street, is located along Highway 30 in the town of Hagerman across from the high school.