Agate Fossil Beds National Monument probably isn’t on your list unless you’re a hardcore fossil nut.
I had seen the name in our master list of National Parks, National Monuments, National Preserves, etc – but it was never on our list until we noticed it wasn’t too far out of our way on our drive from South Dakota back home.
There’s not much to see, a nice little visitors center with some fossilized creatures found at the site, and two loop trails that you can hike.
It was 90ish degrees but we decided to hike both of the trails anyway since we know we’ll never be in this area again.
Interesting to see once, but you really really have to want to visit to make a trek out here.

Agate Fossil Beds

Agate Fossil Beds
To come here – you really have to want to come here.


Bad Day Coming

Bad Day Coming
You were having a bad day if you had this view of an entelodont.


Beardog Muzzle

Beardog Muzzle
Somebody at the Agate Fossil Beds visitors center has a sense of humor with the mask on this Beardog skeleton.


YAY Hike!

YAY Hike!
Yay for us – we’re going for a hike!


Bone Cabin

Bone Cabin
With a name like Bone Cabin, how can you not visit?


Lonely Chunk

Lonely Chunk - Agate Fossil Beds
Why did this one chunk not erode like everything around it?