• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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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?

Three, massive petrified stumps of redwood trees over 10 feet tall

The world's only known petrified trio of redwood trees is found at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.