Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
Hagerman, Gooding County, Idaho


deep ruts in sagebrush landscape
Oregon Trail ruts at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho. NPS photo

The Oregon Trail crosses the southern portion of the national monument, and visitors can see visible ruts from the Oregon Trail Overlook parking lot.


The visitor center is at 221 North State Street, Hagerman.

To reach the national monument:

From I-84 East

Take the second Bliss exit (#141) which is Route 26 and follow the sign for Hagerman (right hand turn). The turn-off for Highway 30 East (left hand turn) is one of the first roads after the Amber Inn hotel. Travel 8 miles on Highway 30 East to the town of Hagerman. The Visitor Center is on your left about one block from the Hagerman City Park.

From I-84 West

Take the second Wendell exit, # 155, (Wendell/Hagerman). At the end of the ramp turn left as marked, toward Hagerman. This is Hagerman/Wendell Road or E 2950 S. Take care on this road as it is used by agricultural vehicles and has several potential animal migration crossings. The road is well paved and has an average speed limit of 50 mph, except for a downhill grade where the speed limit drops to 40 mph.

Travel on this road for approximately 10 miles to its end at the intersection with Highway 30. Make a right onto Highway 30 West and travel approximately 2 miles to the town of Hagerman. The Visitor Center is on your right, immediately after the Hagerman Valley Chamber of Commerce building.

The site is open to the public and is administered by the National Park Service.

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