Plan Your Visit
NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument boasts 2 different kinds of fossils, massive petrified redwood tree stumps and small carbon impression fossils of plants and insects.
It can be a great place to visit any time of the year, however, during the summer there are an assortment of ranger led programs such as interpretive talks and guided ranger walks offered daily.
Nearly all visits begin with the "Shadows of the Past" orientation film in the Visitor Center Theater, followed by viewing the small delicate plant and insect fossils on display in the Visitor Center. Then most visitors go for a hike on the self guided Petrified Forest Loop to see the petrified tree stumps. In addition to viewing fossils, there are 14 miles of scenic hiking trails.
Visitor Center parking area offers 9 picnic tables and 2 metal grills for your enjoyment.
There are also 2 different programs for children:
The children's activity booklets are available in the Visitor Center.
Did You Know?
Most fossils in the monument are from the late Eocene (34.07 million years ago), but a tooth and jaw fragment from a much younger mammoth have also been found. The fossils are from the Pleistocene Epoch and are at least 50,000 years old.