• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Guided Tours

Ranger with visitors looking at an outcrop of weathered, gray sedimentary rocks called shale
Visitors learn about the Monument's geology on a ranger-guided walk
Cliff and Jean Dickey
 

Ranger Guided Activities:

Between June 1 and Labor Day, the Monument offers a variety of ranger-guided tours. The number and times of tours may change depending on staffing levels so please call ahead at (719) 748 - 3253. The types of tours available are listed below:

Interpretive Talks

These are 30 minutes talks that take place in the amphitheater behind the visitor center. They will provide visitors with the basic geologic story of the area.

Guided Walks

These walks usually last 1.5 hours and are one mile in length. The area's geologic history as well as other topics such as modern natural history and human history may be covered in the walks.

Interpretive Fossil Excavation Site:

Take a 1/2 mile walk and visit the Interpretive Excavation site (Scudder Pit). Learn from rangers and/or paleontologists how excavations are conducted and see where fossils are found.

Fossil Learning Lab

Visit a field lab (just south of the parking lot) and use microscopes and other equipment to discover fossils.

Hornbek Homestead Tours

Depending upon staffing levels, visitors are sometimes able to join a ranger and tour the buildings of the Hornbek Homestead. If a ranger is not available it is possible to tour the grounds of the homestead on your own.

Did You Know?

FLFO_palm frond

Although there are few known palm fronds from Florissant fossil beds, microscopic palm pollen has also been discovered. Palms are indicators of climate and suggest that the Eocene mean annual temperature was no less than 50°F.