Guided Elk Hikes 2013
Contact: Jeff Wolin, (719) 748 - 3253
Take part in a Rocky Mountain tradition: listening for the bugling of the bull Elk (Wapiti) on an autumn evening. Join a ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to learn about, listen for and look for wild Wapiti.
Programs run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please see dates and times below:
September 13 - 15 (5:30 PM to 8:00 PM)
September 20 – 22 and September 27 - 29 (5:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
October 4 – 6 (4:45 PM to 7:15 PM)
These programs will include a brief presentation about these magnificent animals, followed by an off trail hike of up to 2 miles during which we will look and listen for the elk in the wild. Normal entrance fees to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will apply ($3 per adult, 16 and older). Annual passes to the Fossil Beds are available for $15 (good for the cardholder and 3 other adults).
Large numbers of people tend to make the elk wary and elusive, so the number of participants will be limited. Advance registration is required. In the past these programs have filled up quickly, so call early for reservations. Tables and grills are available near the visitor center for picnics before the program.
To reach Florissant Fossil Beds, travel west from Colorado Springs on US Highway 24 to the town of Florissant, then 2 miles south on Teller County #1. For more information or reservations call 719-748-3253 and ask for Jeff (ext. 161).
Did You Know?
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.