• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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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 Conservancy runs a small bookstore which has a variety of books and a large kids section.
During the summer typically in the afternoons, the yurt (large round tent in picnic area) is open as a fossil demonstration lab.

Did You Know?


Both adults and aquatic nymphs (juveniles) of damselflies and dragonflies have been found at Florissant fossil beds. You can tell the insect pictured is a damselfly because the wings are held above the body instead of held out horizontally like the wings of an airplane, as in dragonflies. This image is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. To learn More...