• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Introduction (Unit 1) - About Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument was established in 1969 to preserve the 34-million-year-old fossils of the Florissant Formation and provide the public with a unique glimpse into the past. The Monument is located south of Florissant, Colorado, which is 35 miles west of Colorado Springs on US Highway 24.

The Monument is home to a diverse array of wildlife and plants, some of which are distant relatives of the organisms preserved in the Florissant lake shales.

Instructions:

1. Watch the movie below

2. Click at link on bottom to learn more about the Eocene.

 
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Map
 
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Video
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(NOTE: This video may take a few minutes to download and play. It will repeat once it reaches the end of the video.)

Eocene Florissant

Did You Know?

Photo of a wildflower in bloom

The name Florissant comes from a French word meaning "blooming" or "flowering." Florissant, Colorado was settled in 1870 and named after the town of Florissant, Missouri. The name still holds true as there are both modern and fossil flowers found in the area today.