• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Outdoor Activities

People hiking on a gravel hiking trail past a green grassy meadow with pine covered hills in the background.
Visitors hiking on the self-guided, one-mile Petrified Forest Loop.
Cliff and Jean Dickey
 

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument provides a variety of opportunities for outdoor activities.

The Monument has two, self-guided nature trails that are located near the visitor center and interpret the fossil resources. Near the visitor center is also an outdoor exhibit area.

There are 14 miles of other hiking trails which are best for scenery and possibly wildlife.

Did You Know?

Photo of a wildflower in bloom

The name Florissant comes from a French word meaning "blooming" or "flowering." Florissant, Colorado was settled in 1870 and named after the town of Florissant, Missouri. The name still holds true as there are both modern and fossil flowers found in the area today.