Things To Do
NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski
A typical visit to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument lasts about 2 - 4 hours. We recommend that all visitors begin their visit at the visitor center.
At the visitor center, you will receive orientation information and you can see geologic exhibits and fossil displays. The bookstore and bathrooms are also located there.
A great way to start your visit is with an introduction to the geologic forces that created our two kinds of fossils. You could either start with the 14 minute orientation film in the Visitor Center Theater called "Shadows of the Past" or a Ranger Talk in the amphitheater behind the Visitor Center.
Behind the visitor center is an outdoor exhibit area where you can see petrified redwood tree stumps and associated exhibits.
From the outdoor exhibit area you will have access to two self-guided trails called the Ponderosa Loop Trail and the Petrified Forest Trail that exhibit petrified redwood tree stumps.
Additionally, the Monument has a total of 14 miles of hiking trails.
In the summer, general daily program schedules include:
Did You Know?
Weevils are a type of beetle, and they are among the smallest complete fossils found in the Florissant fossil beds. The fossil pictured here is less than 3 millimeters long, which is a little larger than the head of a pin but smaller than a pencil eraser. This image is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. To learn More...