• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

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Pets are prohibited from all trails and areas of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument except for the visitor parking lot, portions of the picnic area near the visitor center, and small exercise area off the parking lot of the visitor center.

Inquire at the Visitor Center for exceptions for registered service dogs.


Horseback Riding

Limited horseback riding is available within the boundaries of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Horseback riders must pay the daily entrance fee at the visitor center or possess an annual pass. Pets are prohibited.

Horseback riders must park their horse trailers at the designated pull off which is located on Lower Twin Rock Road.

Click here to see the horseback riding map

Did You Know?

Historic photograph of tourists in the late 1800's fossil hunting near a train

The area now known as Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument had become a popular tourist area by the 1870's.