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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is concentrated around two small hills (University and Carnegie) protruding from a grassy plain. It is here that an abundance of fossils from the Miocene Epoch (23 Million to 5 million years ago) were found. The fossils are predominantly Miocene Epoch mammals from about 20 million years ago and are amongst the best fossils of these animals ever found. Also found here are the "Daemonelix" a corkscrew shaped burrow made by a beaver-like animal. The museum inside the visitors center also houses a large collection of artifacts from the Plains Indians.

Bone Cabin Complex

The Bone Cabin Complex (AKA the Harold J. Cook Homestead) is also on the grounds of the monument. The Cook's were friends with area Indian Tribes and collected the artifacts and items on display in the museum. There is a trail out to their cabin, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hiking Trails

There are three main hiking trails in the park: The Fossil Hill Trail; the Daemonelix Trail and the short trail leading to the cabin.

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