Prescribed Burn Postponed
The prescribed burn on approximately 180 acres of monument land starting the week of October 13 has been postponed. If conditions and planning updates are met, the operation may still occur later the month or maybe spring. Check back for updates. More »
Plan Your Visit
NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski
Florissant Fossil Beds is a great place to visit any time of year, although most visitation takes place late spring through early fall.
If we have 2 - 4 hours:
Most visits last about 2 - 4 hours. During this time we recommend:
Besides the Visitor Center parking area, there are 2 additional parking areas for relaxing and exploring:
Visitor Center parking area offers 9 picnic tables and 2 metal grills for your enjoyment.
Did You Know?
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.