• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Indoor Activities


Family looking at exhibits in visitor center

NPS Photo Sheena Harper

Visitor Center
Start your journey into the past in the visitor center. At the visitor center desk you can meet with a ranger, get orientation information, pay your fee, and plan your visit.
"Shadows of the Past" is a 14 minute orientation film, which can be viewed on request between Labor Day and Memorial Day. During the summer it is shown every 20 minutes on the hour
Enjoy a variety of hands on exhibits about fossils and science. The exhibit area is the only site in the park to see the fragile insect and leaf fossils, so make sure to drop by.
The Rocky Mountain Nature Association runs a small bookstore which has a variety of books and a large kids section. Yurt In the summer typically in the afternoons, the yurt (large round tent in picnic area) is open as a fossil demonstration lab.

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.