Fossil Hills Trail

Fossil Hills Trail (HM165O)

Location: Harrison, NE 69346 Sioux County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 25.158', W 103° 44.466'

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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

The hills held ancient secrets for paleontologists. The two hills in the distance don't look like anything special. Even up close the untrained eye will see nothing astounding. But a sandstone layer near the bases of the hills has yielded one of the richest concentrations of fossilized mammal remains ever discovered.

Since 1904, paleontologists have been uncovering fossil bones here which greatly contribute to our knowledge of prehistoric mammals. Today many of these fossils are studied and displayed at leading museums and universities. Although thousands of bones have been removed, a great many more lie undisturbed within the fossil hills.

This trail leads to the main fossil quarry sites at University and Carnegie Hills. The 2-mile round-trip hike takes about an hour. At each hill a small section of the fossil layer is displayed just as it was found.

HM NumberHM165O
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 3:08pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 603572 N 4697099
Decimal Degrees42.41930000, -103.74110000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 25.158', W 103° 44.466'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 25' 9.48" N, 103° 44' 27.96" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 233 River Rd, Harrison NE 69346, US
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