• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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    Due to a medical emergency with the group coordinator, the Ute Dance has been cancelled for Saturday August 2, 2014

While At The park

Things to do on a visit to Florissant Fossil Beds:

  1. Go to the visitor center and look at the displays of insect and leaf fossils. This is the best place to see these types of fossils.
  2. Go on the one-mile Petrified Forest Loop or 1/2 mile Ponderosa Loop. Both trails have interpretive signage.
  3. Explore the outdoor exhibit area where you can see massive petrified redwood trees and exhibits on geology and paleontology.
  4. Visit the Hornbek Homestead and learn from the exhibits and self-guided booklet.
  5. Go on one of our hiking trails and learn about the modern ecosystem.
  6. There is also a nearby, privately owned fossil collecting site. For a fee, your class can collect the same kinds of plant and insect fossils that are found in the Florissant Fossil Beds. Call the Monument for details.
  7. Have the students complete the Junior Ranger Program.

Did You Know?

leaf fossil

In 1922, Fossil Cycad National Monument, in South Dakota, was established as the third NPS area to preserve fossils, however by the mid 1930s all the fossils visible at the surface had been removed, leaving nothing for visitors to see. As a result, congress removed Fossil Cycad National Monument from the National Park System in 1957.